Program Committee

The Lynch Foundation provides grants to veterans who are in need of financial assistance. In general, Veterans or their dependents will receive a one-time grant to assist in overcoming financial needs.  The Lynch Foundation provides a wide range of grant assistance; including but not limited to rent, temporary housing, medical expenses and auto payment. All funds are paid directly to creditors or service providers.  We do not pay grants directly to applicants. Though the grant is a one-time event we understand that on rare occasion there may be a need for a second grant. The first grant request requires a simple majority vote of committee members.  Subsequent grant requests require a positive vote of the full committee. 

Allen J. Lynch

Allen J. Lynch

President and Founder

Allen served as an infantryman in the Viet Nam War with the 1st Cavalry Division and was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving three members of his unit. Upon release from active duty, he spent his civilian career advocating for veterans before the US Department of Veterans Affairs, along with continued service in the US Army Reserve and the Illinois National Guard. He is extremely proud of his Combat Infantryman’s Badge and other awards. He and his wife Susan have three children and six grandchildren.

John H. Schwan

John H. Schwan

Secretary/Treasurer, and Founder

After John received his bachelor’s degree, he enlisted in the Army, much to the surprise of his wife, Beverly. Upon completion of Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and shortly thereafter was en route to a posting as a platoon leader with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. When he returned to civilian life, he focused on the business world, but never forgot the veterans who had not been quite so fortunate. John is dedicated to spending time working with and advocating for his fellow veterans. He is involved in many veterans’ organizations; he has always spent time and treasure helping veterans. His military awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and “V” for valor device, and the Air Medal. John and Beverly have three children and three grandchildren.

Paul Brian

Paul Brian

Director of Communications

Paul also served in the Army as a broadcast journalist, including service in Panama. In his civilian career he has worked with numerous broadcast entities in the Chicago area as well as been in charge of managing the Chicago Auto Show for almost 20 years. Paul has also served as the Chairman of Operation Homefront-Illinois for many years. He brings a true flair for marketing to this organization as well as personal contacts that help accomplish our mission.

Deborah Rickert

Deborah Rickert

Director of Events

Deborah began a “short duration volunteer project” to mail comfort items to deployed service members. Ten years later the organization is now one of the largest volunteer based military support efforts in the country with programs for military families and returning veterans as well as families of fallen service members. Deb serves as the CEO of Operation Support Our Troops – America. OSOT-America has now exceeded 1,000,000 pounds of support packages to deployed service members around the world. Deb and her husband Bill have three sons; two are currently serving as Army officers.

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