John Hanson joined the the USO in March 2002. As the senior vice president of the USO and editor of ON★PATROL, he is responsible for internal and external communications, brand management and marketing for the USO's global operations.
Hanson came to the USO after working on veterans' issues for more than 20 years - first with the national headquarters of The American Legion, and later as the assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
At VA he served as the spokesperson and senior media advisor for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He received the Secretary's Exceptional Service Award.
An Air Force veteran who served during the Vietnam War, Hanson is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama and is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta with a degree in journalism and political science.