Our Mission, Our Story
Our mission is to support the health and wellbeing of America's Veterans by unlocking their potential.
Major General Elder Granger (US Army, Ret.) served as the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity until his retirement in 2009. There, Major General Granger led a staff of 1,800 with a budget of $22.5 billion for the Defense Health Program and successfully brought high-quality healthcare to 9.2 million uniformed service members.
With Mission First, Major General Granger is applying his wisdom and vast experience to a new mission - empowering one of America's most valuable and underutilized resources: our Veteran community.
Alongside Major General Elder Granger (US Army, Ret.) Mission First's leadership team is comprised of experienced leaders with the policy, legal, and technical knowledge needed to work effectively in a multitude of areas.
Colonel David J. Parramore (US Army, Ret.) served in the US Army for 26 years before founding Dustoff Technologies in 2016. Dave began his career as an aeromedical evacuation aviator, or "DUSTOFF" pilot, and transitioned into other key leadership roles throughout the US military health system. Dave led the information technology deployment team of the 44th Medical Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom to deliver the first electronic health record into combat, and led a multi-national committee that prepared a strategic framework for deployment of medical information systems throughout NATO.
Matthew Corkery has a proven executive management track record and over fifteen years of experience driving sales growth and market capture. Prior to joining Dustoff, Matthew was the managing partner of a government contracts law firm, where he assisted government contractors in navigating complex state and federal regulations, with successful resolution of contract disputes, partnership formations, and corporate acquisitions. Matthew also had a distinguished career as a national recognized sales executive and team leader with a focus on turning under-performing businesses into centers of growth. Matthew holds a Juris Doctor from George Washington University and is a published author and contributor on topics involving modern adaptive procurement law and reform.
For decades, our team has helped solve some of the largest, most complex problems facing the defense and veteran health IT community and now we are bringing our skillset to a new mission – supporting America’s Veteran community. Mission First is building an organization and a culture to tap into that power.
America has always prided itself on recruiting it’s boldest and brightest men and women to serve in uniform. [Unsurprisingly, Veteran owned business constitutes nearly 10% of all US businesses], employ nearly a half million Americans, and represent over $1 trillion dollars of the US economy. Yet the federal government, the largest and most robust customer in the world, represents only 2% of the customer base for that community. [We want to close that gap, empower veterans, and bring the customer-first focus back to procurement]
[Mission First is our chance to continue that work, but in a more active role] [We will achieve this by creating partnerships with America’s robust veteran-based businesses, with an emphasis on those heroes disabled in service to their country]. With our trusted role as advisors to this community, we are creating a pipeline to bring America’s heroes, and all the innovation solutions that come with it, back into Federal Service – by deliberately targeting those businesses for all contract opportunities.]
[A mentorship center of excellence: where we educate recently discharged wounded veterans on forming, growing, and being successful SDVOSB small business.]
[GovMates: Mission First has a long-developed history working with some of the great facilitators within our community. We have formed a partnership with one of the largest pipeline non-profits to help match and identify the key enabling veteran owned organizations, bringing thousands of contractors to fingertips of the VA].
[Philanthropic work: 10% of all earnings are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project].