John Armezzani has been in the service of our country since 1978; first as an Army National Guard Infantryman, and then as an active duty Medical Sergeant, Intelligence Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant on Special Forces Operational Detachments “A-Team” in the 1st and 5th Forces Groups (Airborne). During his Army career John conducted operations in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Rim. John also served at the Special Forces Company and Battalion levels prior to his retirement as a Special Forces Master Sergeant in 2001.
After retiring from the U.S. Army John worked 11 years for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a GS 12 Rating Specialist where he was responsible for making determinations regarding the levels of veteran’s disabilities, and later as a trainer and mentor to other VA rating specialist. He is a graduate of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Ex-POW Case Management Course and has made decisions on the level of disability for most of Washington State’s former POWs and Medal of Honor recipients. Mr. Armezzani also helped stand up the Joint VA DOD Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) activity at the Seattle VA regional Office. Additionally, he wrote decisions for the VA Appeals Management Office.
Following his VA service Mr. Armezzani was the Department Service Officer for the American Legion Department of Washington. He was responsible for the supervision of 4 offices and 12 Veterans Service Officers serving the State of Washington and a budget of over $600,000.
Mr. Armezzani is an original founder of OASIS Group and also helped establish Rally Point 6, a Veteran assistance organization that later became the basis for the USO’s veteran assistance program.