John Schwan is a veteran of Vietnam (1968-1969) and served with the First Air Cavalry where he eventually attended OCS at Fort Benning. He is a 100% service related disabled veteran; awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal, two Bronze Stars with a V for valor and a purple heart. Mr. Schwan is active in the Sheridan First Cavalry Chapter – a veteran’s organization of the First Air Cavalry. This unit is dedicated to improving the lives of soldiers currently serving in theatre and aiding returning veterans find employment and services. He has served on the board of several other veteran related organizations in the Midwest. In addition, he actively recruits veterans for employment opportunities.
John is an investor involved in a variety of businesses and start-ups. Mr. Schwan is invested and involved in numerous businesses which employ over 2000 people with sales in excess of $150 million.
John is a graduate of Lane Tech High School and North Park University in Chicago. Mr. Schwan is the patron of the Schwan Lecture Series at North Park University. The series sponsors guest lecturers to encourage political dialogue of current events.
He is an active sponsor of Chicago 502 through the Union League Club. He is the past Post Commander of the American Legion Post at the Union League Club of Chicago and still an active member. Mr. Schwan actively supports Chicagoland ROTC programs and supports both financially and with administrative support organizations that locally support families of veterans. He is a founding member of Chicagoland Veteran’s Exchange – a non-profit organization dedicated to the hiring of veterans. He is a board member of the Pritzker Military Library. Mr. Schwan is one of the founders and on the Board of Directors of the Allen Lynch Foundaion