Veterans Advantage Honors Gettysburg College Board Chairman with Top Veteran Award

Brinker Capital and WeSalute (Veterans Advantage)

Veterans Advantage Inc., a nationwide membership program providing new service benefits for U.S. Veterans, National Guard, Reservists, active duty military and their families, announced that Chuck Widger, CEO of Brinker Capital, has been named a "TopVet," an honor that appears on

Widger is recognized for his commitment to public service and higher education, represented most recently by his leadership appointment as Chairman of the Board at Gettysburg College, as well as his industry experience founding and managing leading financial institutions. The former Navy officer served on the USS McDonough guided missile destroyer in key theatres of operation during the height of the Cold War.

As Widger says on his biography on the Veterans Advantage’s Web site, ever since his days on the McDonough, he’s had a long-term vision of making a difference for others. "When I was aboard ship, I told myself it would be a great experience to learn about practical leadership and administrative skills. I believed then," he said, "that I wouldn’t really feel the benefits immediately but rather when I reached my 40s." Which has been, he said, "absolutely true."

"I have had the privilege of knowing Chuck Widger for over 30 years," said Scott Higgins, CEO of Veterans Advantage. "He’s an American success story. And a stand-up guy," said Higgins.

Widger has demonstrated leadership and accomplishments in business development and finance, currently as President and Chief Executive of Brinker Capital. From a venture which began in 1991 with a piece of paper and a few dedicated investors, Widger and his associates grew Brinker Capital to the managed accounts industry leader it is today. Brinker began with eight people and $133 million in assets. Providing investment planning for a variety of institutional and individual clients, Brinker now employs 85 people managing $3 billion in assets.

Other recent Veterans Advantage honorees with special citations from Veterans Advantage include:

  • Department of Defense Official Bob Hollingsworth
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson
  • United Service Organizations (USO) Chief Executive Edward A. "Ned" Powell
  • Lt. Gen Martin Steele, President of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
  • Edward H. Vick, Former CEO of Y&R Advertising
  • Former football greats Roger Staubach and Rocky Bleier

About Veterans Advantage
Veterans Advantage is a nationwide membership program dedicated to delivering new service benefits to America’s Veterans, Active Duty Military, National Guard, Reservists, and their families as a ‘thank you’ for their service. This members-only program delivers valuable deals on rail travel from Amtrak, PC systems from Dell Computer (NASDAQ: DELL), rental cars from major car rental agencies including Ford Motor Co.’s Hertz Corp. (NYSE: F), Avis (NYSE:CD), Enterprise, ANC Rental Corporation’s National Car Rental and Alamo (NASDAQ: ANCX), Cendant Corporation’s Budget Rent a Car (NYSE: CD), Anheuser-Busch Company’s Busch Gardens and Sea World (NYSE:BUD), Blockbuster Inc (NYSE:BBI), AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMEX: AEN), hotel and vacation rentals from USA Interactive (NASDAQ: USAI), prescription drug discounts from Advance PCS (NASDAQ:ADVP), discounts on National Park Resorts from Aramark Corp (NYSE:RMK), discount phone services from Cognigen Networks, Inc.(OTCBB:CGNW),interstate moving discounts from Global and North American Van Lines, both SIRVA companies, (the world’s largest relocation company), and shipping through Airborne Express (NYSE: ABF).

About Brinker Capital

King of Prussia, PA-based Brinker Capital is an investment consulting firm and provider of managed account and mutual fund services, managing $3 billion in assets. Brinker Capital is the oldest and most experienced independent provider of managed account investment programs in the country, working with financial advisors to meet the investment needs of a broad range of individual and institutional investors. Brinker Capital was founded on the strong belief that no two investors are alike and that all investors should have access to investment services that were once available only to the largest institutions. It can be found online at

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