Our leadership team
Veterans1 was founded over 11 years ago by Kenneth Feltman and has supported several veterans’ initiatives – for example, the Wounded Warriors Project, the G.I. Film Festival, providing funds for medical treatment and therapy, awarding scholarships to the children of veterans, and arranging transportation for relatives to treatment facilities where their loved ones are receiving treatment. Veterans1 has no paid employees. To make certain that available resources go to approved projects, Veterans1 partners with ABS Community Research, a nonprofit 501(c)3 headed by Velma Anne Ruth. ABS vets prospective charities and projects and manages new projects until those projects are self-sufficient.
Brigadier General Ernest C. Audino, U.S. Army (Ret), currently serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Government Relations to the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria. He also serves as SVP of Military Market Development for Raydon Corporation, a world leader in state-of-the-art virtual training capabilities for domestic and international defense and security forces. General Audino graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983 and retired in 2011 after a 28-year Army career. He is an experienced combat operator with multiple assignments in armor, cavalry, infantry and Stryker units. Other key assignments include service as an Army Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate, duty as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Director of Nuclear Support at the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. His last assignment was as the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters, US Army, in the Pentagon. He considers his most significant assignment to be his service in Iraq where he commanded a team of combat advisors embedded in the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 4th Division, Iraqi Army. His brigade was formed entirely from Kurdish Peshmerga re-missioned to conduct counter-insurgency operations. His education includes: Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, West Point; Master of Law, Cum Laude, Vermont Law School; Juris Doctorate, Vermont Law School; and Master of National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. National War College.
Kenneth Feltman is the founder of Veterans1. A Marine, he is the retired chairman of Radnor, Inc., which has affiliations with political and legislative firms throughout the world. Radnor advises foreign corporations on U.S. legislative and political issues and assists U.S. businesses to coordinate business objectives with legislative and political goals. Radnor has worked with 45 of the largest corporations in the world and Feltman has worked with successful presidential candidates in the United States, France and Georgia. He has advised candidates on five continents. Radnor has managed non-profit groups and has worked on projects with the Pentagon and the Veterans Administration.
Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed. is President and Founder of ABS Community Research, a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity (est. 2001), supporting humanitarian assistance and sustainable development internationally, and supporting partnerships between health, labor, education, and justice in the U.S. Velma collaborates with multiple United Nations institutions and affiliates, U.S. federal agencies, prominent institutes in nonprofit economics, global financial institutions, and advises the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Defense. In 2013, Velma was appointed Ambassador for Peace, with United Nations recognized diplomatic status. She has extensive efforts with NGOs, U.S. federal agencies, foreign governments, and U.N. institutions.