James "JC" ClapsaddleTexas State Director
JC is the Texas State Director of K9s For Warriors. The retired Air Force Colonel leads the Texas operations. He will oversee K9s For Warriors’ new kennel, the Petco Foundation K9 Center, and be responsible for all strategic developmental efforts of the nonprofit’s westward expansion.
JC’s path to our team began when he joined the US Air Force as a Medical Service Corps officer in 1990. After 9/11, he served as a National Defense Fellow to a member of the US Senate advising on military and international matters. He later deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. There, he witnessed first-hand the devastating impact combat has on the physical and mental health of our warriors. He served as a military Legislative Liaison to the US Congress, a role that permitted him to advise our government as to how it could create and support programs to provide care and support to warriors suffering from the physical and emotional aftermath of combat.
JC later commanded the Ramstein Medical Group in Germany and the deployed US military hospital in Qatar overseeing the care our country provided for the many thousands of wounded warriors returning from combat.
Retiring from the Air Force in 2013, JC continued to serve others through volunteering for organizations like the Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rotary Club of San Antonio, Masters Leadership Program San Antonio, and as a raiser/trainer for Guide Dogs of Texas. It was JC’s time at Guide Dogs that he came to deeply appreciate the lifesaving support service dogs could bring to the same wounded warriors he spent a career caring for.
JC and his wife Andra have one son, Lee, and two grandchildren (twins). When not enjoying time with dogs or grandkids, you’ll find them hiking the beauty of the U.S. with their rescue dog, Caleb.
Major Military Awards and decorations:
- Bronze Star
- Meritorious Service Medal (8 oak leaf clusters)
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Air Force Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster)
- Air Force Recognition Ribbon (one oak leaf cluster)
- Air Force Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster)
- Iraqi Campaign Medal