Veteranship

We Are Members of the Community, Like You

As an honorably discharged veteran, OC National Search founder Michael Mitchel is passionate about giving back to his community in service. He is recognized locally and nationally for his veteran service organization leadership, and for his creative approaches and impactful solutions to benefit veteran non-profit organizations. 

He served as the Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1 from 2013-2016, and during his tenure, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce  named VFW Post 1 the Small Non-Profit of the Year in 2014. In 2016, 9NEWS selected Michael as one of three Leader of the Year Finalists. Michael is also a Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Leadership Denver 2017 alum. 

In 2014, Michael created the VFW Post 1 Foundation as a 501c3 to support the VFW Post 1 Veteran Community Center Capital Campaign and currently serves as its Executive Director. Under his leadership, he launched the Veterans Arts Council that has grown to become a signature program at VFW Post 1, supporting veteran artists where 80% are disabled veterans. He also expanded the Post 1 Foundation’s mission to build, support and preserve programs for veteran service organizations throughout the metro Denver community, 

Based in Colorado, the staff at OC National Search shares the same ethos and commitment to service. The firm is active within the local business community, hosting executive events, and providing support to Energize Colorado, a non-profit dedicated to providing relief to local small businesses, and supporting them in recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19.