VSF Board of Directors: Paul Theobald
Paul served for 5 years in the United States Navy, operating and maintaining the nuclear reactor onboard a ballistic submarine in the Pacific, completing 3 ballistic deployments. His driving philosophy in life is to follow his passion: continued service to his country by working for the benefit of veterans, military members, and their families.
After leaving the Navy in 2009, Paul attended Austin Community College and then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a double major in Government and Philosophy with a certificate in Ethics and Leadership focused on Politics, Law, and Medicine. Throughout his educational career, he engaged in organizations focused in civic engagement, education, and veteran issues.
Upon graduation, Paul worked with the Austin Vet Center, a counseling center for combat and military sexual trauma veterans. From there, he went to the Military Veteran Peer Network, an organization in Texas which works to establish a network of support for military members and veterans in their communities to assist with the transition from military to civilian life, navigate the Department of Veteran Affairs, and access State of Texas benefits and services. In early 2015, Paul was hired by Representative Susan King, Chair of the Texas House Committee on Defense and Veteran Affairs as a Policy Analyst and Assistant Clerk. He now serves as the Director for the committee, working on Interim Charges, improving the military value of defense communities in Texas, and solving veteran constituent issues across the state.
Paul is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving in the past as the State Liaison to Student Veterans, and currently serving as the Commander of Post 856 in Austin. Paul is also a Life Member of Disabled American Veterans and the Adjutant for Austin's Chapter 219, and a Life Member of the American Legion and member of the storied Post 76 in Austin, TX. In addition, he serves as an Austin organizer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a volunteer and Peer Court Mentor for the Travis County Veterans Court, and as a volunteer with the Military Veteran Peer Network. Paul is also engaged with educational institutions in his area as a member of the Austin Community College Veteran Advisory Committee and as the co-founder and President of the Austin Community College Alumni Council, as well as a Lifetime Member of the Texas Exes.