About Our Organization

THE WOUNDED BLUE

S.E.A.L. STRATEGY

The Wounded Blue’s Mission is to improve the lives of injured and disabled Law Enforcement Officers through Support, Education, Assistance and Legislation.

SUPPORT

A National Peer Advocate Support Team to provide The Wounded Blue with support, guidance and resources. Provide information and help complete the application process for the Public Safety Officer Benefit for disabled officers. Create “Camp Blue,” a retreat for injured and disabled officers for peer support and their families for peer support and counseling.

EDUCATION

Create and provide training presentations on The Wounded Blue issues of PTSD, abandonment, emotional/mental health and compassionate care to Law Enforcement Leadership and Rank/File Officers. Utilize International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs’ Association, State Chiefs and Sheriffs’ Associations, Fraternal Order of Police, Police Benevolent Association, Unions and Law Enforcement Organizations. Provide PTSD prevention training to Active Duty Officers.

ASSISTANCE

Provide one on one peer support, mental/emotional health treatment referrals to licensed & LE vetted clinicians, legal assistance referrals, membership benefits of medical/dental discounts, emergency financial aid, access to private anonymous mental health facilities.

LEGISLATION

Advocate for stronger laws and protections for injured Law Enforcement Officers and universal recognition of PTSD as a Workers’ Compensation Injury. Work for Workers’ Compensation reform and expansion of the Department of Justice Public Officer Safety Benefit program.

Meet The Executive Board Members

LARRY RUBENSTEIN

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

Larry has been a Volunteer Fire fighter for the past 19 years and has served his department as  Chief and as President. Larry has been in the Financial Services business since 1984.

LT. RANDY SUTTON

CHAIRMAN

Lt.Randy Sutton (Ret), founder of The Wounded Blue and Chairman of the Board, He is a 30 year law enforcement veteran having served 10 years in New Jersey and 24 with a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Is the author of numerous books and appeared in numerous movies and television shows including popular reality series COPS and is known as the “Voice of American Law Enforcement”.

BRET RAWSON

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

Bret Rawson represents thousands of law enforcement officers in the Intermountain West as an attorney specializing in police-related matters. He also works as a reserve police officer in a local municipality where he is proud to serve the people of North Salt Lake. Mr. Rawson’s law firm, Nelson Jones, PLLC, is honored to represent The Wounded Blue.

RON COURY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

Ron Coury, a former U.S. Marine, relocated in Las Vegas after his active duty stint ended in 1973. He recently released his autobiography entitled, Tenacity, on Amazon. It describes his life as a youth in Brooklyn, New York, his military experience and many of the 20 businesses he founded or purchased throughout his Las Vegas residency for 47 years.

JOHN KRUPINSKY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

Sgt. John Krupinsky has been a police officer for 40 years. He is the President of the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police and was the recipient of the FOX News Patriot Award.

MICHAEL DICHIARO

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

Michael is the founder of Nevada Holdings. With 42 years of business experience, he has taken a special interest in the success of our Peer Teams.

SGT. BETSY BRANTNER SMITH

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith (ret.) was a police officer for 29 years in the Chicago suburbs and is an internationally known law enforcement trainer, author and consultant. Betsy is married to Dave “JD Buck Savage” Smith and is the spokesman for the National Police Association.

JASON SCHECHTERLE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER

Jason Schechterle is a retired Phoenix Police Officer and Homicide Investigator. Jason sustained life threatening burn injuries in the line of duty in 2001. He now travels the country as a keynote and motivational speaker. Jason also is Co-host of Badge Boys podcast.

Meet the Executive Staff

TOM KOVACH

CHIEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tom Kovach is passionate about supporting those who protect us and building stronger relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  He is proud to have raised tens of millions of dollars for law enforcement and public safety.

JENNIE HILL

PEER SUPPORT DIRECTOR & EXECUTIVE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

Jennie Hill has been a part of TWB since it’s inception. She is passionate about helping injured officers after her own on-duty injury left her feeling forgotten and alone. She is a POST certified peace officer, wife, mom, & business owner. Barron is the TWB Peer Support Ambassador pup and Jennie’s own service dog.

Advisory Board

CLARISSA BURT

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Clarissa Burt is an internationally acclaimed multi award-winning media personality, producer, director, writer, author, public speaker. She is a Who’s Who of International and American Women brings over 35 years of entertainment industry experience in both International and American markets.

Anne Carpenter

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON

Anne K. Carpenter was the first female Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol. She was the Chief of the Parole and Probation Division, recently retiring after 27 years of state service. She earned her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Married with one great daughter. Currently works for FirstNet built with AT&T as a Lead Strategist – Law Enforcement.

HEIDI PAULSON

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON

Heidi is the wife of Billings, MT motor officer, Ladd Paulson, who was catastrophically injured in the line of duty in 2002. She is the mother of 2, grandmother of 6, author (Dependence Day), speaker, and software developer/former business owner. She has advocated for both federal and state legislation on behalf of disabled first responders. Heidi is committed to building a voice for those who have gone unheard.

Interested in joining our growing Peer Team?

We are currently taking Team applications for our upcoming team training class this summer