Steve Cavanaugh is a Gold Star Father of the late Specialist Stephen M. (“Max”) Cavanaugh. Max served in the United States Army completing basic training at Fort Benning, GA, then AIT at Fort Jackson, SC. Max was assigned to the 98th Maintenance Co, Fort Richardson, AK. He was deployed twice to Iraq, where he volunteered as a driver and gunner on convoy escorts running out of Baghdad. Max was killed in a non-combat accident in Anchorage, AK on 07 December 2007.

 Steve is currently retired, having previously worked as the Director of Information Technology with Printpack Inc. in Atlanta, GA. He feels that “My experience as an IT executive gives me the ability to think strategically and to see the bigger picture. Specifically, working on a mission in a critical and highly technical field has enabled me to consider all possible solutions and corresponding outcomes. Having been directly responsible for multi-year projects and budgets of over $20M has made me always cognizant of how judicious money management can mean the difference between success and failure.” When Steve isn’t helping forward VIPER’s mission, he enjoys camping, hiking, domestic and international travel.

 Steve serves as a VIPER board member. When asked why he joined this cause he said, “I joined VIPER because through personal experience and working with other VSOs, I’ve come to understand how critical this sort of opportunity is to former and exiting servicemen/servicewomen. Our son suffered a TBI and struggled with PTSD before his death. While he was assigned to the WTU at Ft. Richardson, I saw firsthand how quality programming can give meaning to those in similar situations and can save valuable lives.”