Veterans Breakfast Club Awarded $25,000 Grant from Pritzker Military Foundation

Veterans Breakfast Club announced its award of a $25,000 grant from the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, to aid the organization’s national expansion and its ongoing mission to create communities of listening around veterans of every generation.

VBC officially announced national expansion in January, and the grant will boost the nonprofit’s unique virtual programming on a national scale, where they bring together veterans and civilians of all generations to share their stories, preserve military history and provide a place for connection and healing.

“We are thrilled to receive this incredible opportunity from the Pritzker Military Foundation on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library,” said Todd DePastino, executive director and founder of VBC. “At VBC, we believe in the power of storytelling, and we share a common goal of preserving the living history of our veterans. This grant allows us to build upon the work we’ve done thus far, and continue to welcome veterans from across the country into our growing community of connection, healing and understanding.”

In addition to the grant, the Pritzker Military Foundation will match any private donations made by any new donors, sponsors or foundations up to $25,000 for one full year.

“We are proud to partner with Veterans Breakfast Club in its unique mission to preserve history through storytelling and provide an important sense of belonging for veterans of every generation,” said Susan Rifkin, Chief Operating Officer of Philanthropic Activities of Pritzker Military Museum & Library. “We’re looking forward to supporting VBC as they continue to expand on a national scale, reaching more veterans and growing a national community that listens to their stories and honors their service.”

VBC’s online programming is available to attend via Zoom and also streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube. To learn more about VBC, register for an upcoming program or donate to continue the legacy of veteran storytelling, visit

About Veterans Breakfast Club

Founded in 2008, Veterans Breakfast Club is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to creating communities of listening around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten. VBC believes that through their work, people will be connected, educated, healed and inspired. Through weekly virtual programming, VBC offers a one-of-a-kind community that brings together veterans, their families and civilians to share, celebrate and preserve veterans’ stories. To learn more and join our community, visit

About Pritzker Military Foundation

The Pritzker Military Foundation seeks to support the work of both the Pritzker Military Museum & Library—and similar nonprofit organizations—to preserve American military history, restore historic military artifacts and make them accessible to the public, and provide services and essential resources to active duty military, veterans and families of service members in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. To learn more, visit

About Pritzker Military Museum & Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library aims to increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs and national security by providing a forum for the study and exploration of our military – past, present, and future – with a specific focus on their stories, sacrifices, and values. With national and global reach, these spaces and events aim to share the stories of those who served and their contributions as citizen soldiers, helping citizens everywhere appreciate the relationship between the armed forces and the civilians whose freedoms they protect. A non-governmental, non-partisan organization, the Museum & Library features diverse collections, scholarly initiatives, and public programs from its flagship center in downtown Chicago to its world-class research center and park currently under construction in Somers, Wisconsin.