Dennis Miller has assumed interim Executive Director duties at the Military Assistance Project as of July 19, 2019.
Dennis was born into a military family in South Philadelphia. His grandmother and grandfather both served in World War II, inspiring their sons and grandsons to join the armed forces. Dennis attended Masterman School and Central High in the city before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1996. Dennis served as an infantryman, marksmanship instructor and small unit leader before medically separating from active duty in 2009 at the rank of Sergeant. Upon retirement, Dennis completed his college education at Lincoln University, worked at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center as a research coordinator and served as the Wounded Warrior Fellow in the 13th congressional district of PA. As the Wounded Warrior fellowship ended, Dennis began to consult privately for public officials, non-profits and other civilian organizations and on November 10th, 2017, established Wheel Dog Industries, LLC (WDI).
WDI is a public policy consultancy, specializing in veteran and military affairs. WDI has been designated as a certified governmental contractor and provides advisory services to local, state and federal agencies as well as private businesses and non-profits that seek to develop programming oriented toward the Veteran and military community. WDI is uniquely positioned to deliver organizational management, workforce development and justice involved veteran treatment programs to organizations that serve the military affiliated community. WDI has been designated as a verified vendor by the Defense Logistics Agency and as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dennis serves as President and Founder of the Greater Philadelphia Area Veteran Chamber of Commerce, an organization built to promote the economic capacity of the Veteran community in and around Philadelphia. Dennis is Vice Chair of the Veteran Community Advisory Board (VCAB) at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and sits on the Board of Trustees of Ft. Mifflin on the Delaware. Dennis served as the Philadelphia City Leader for Bunker Labs, a national non-profit organization that assists Veterans in all facets of entrepreneurship and was named City Leader of the year for the Northeast region of Bunker in 2018. Dennis participated in the Union League Veteran Initiative Fellowship program, designed to provide mentorship to transitioning service members in the Philadelphia area. He continues to serve the military affiliated community through his work as an advocate, mentor and ambassador for Veteran and military issues in the civilian sector.