About the Co-Founders of Veteran's Refuge Network:
Andrew Turner is a veteran of the Iraq war and served as a combat medic for his National Guard unit during a 2004-2005 deployment to Baghdad and Sadr City. After returning from Iraq, Andrew received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and earned a military commission. Currently, he is a Lieutenant and serves as a Cavalry Platoon Leader in the Michigan Army National Guard, and a small business owner.
Laura Chirio comes from a military family background and earned her military commission in 2011. Laura is a Lieutenant and serves as a Medical Company Platoon Leader in the Michigan Army National Guard, holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, and holds Level I and II certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. Laura is currently employed as a family assistance center specialist.
Jamie Turner is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business, with a bachelor’s degree in digital marketing. Jamie is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Michigan and is experienced in marketing, sales, and customer service. As a military spouse, Jamie brings a unique perspective as to what it’s like for the families of military service members during deployments, training separations, and coming home re-adjustments.
The three co-founders of Veteran’s Refuge Network offer personal knowledge of the military lifestyle, navigating the difficulties of the VA healthcare system, firsthand experience with PTSD and its effects on veterans and their families, a network of resources, and leadership, social work, and business skills. In addition, the co-founders have personally been affected by military suicides on three separate occasions over the past year.