Robert M. Malnik is an Army Veteran who achieved the rank of E-4 Corporal and served on Active duty from May 31st, 2000- June 1st, 2005. He was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany and was deployed to Kosovo, Macedonia and Iraq. He served as an M1A1 Armor Crewman & Tank Gunner.
Robert returned from military service in 2005 and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
In 2007, Robert collaborated with the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center to create the 1st Welcome Home Celebration for returning veterans of Chicago which was held at the UIC Forum for over 1,000 attendees.
In 2008, Robert created a task force on UIC campus unifying all communication between departments to ease the reintegration process for student veterans. The UIC task force executive summary report soon became one of the working templates for Governor Quinn of Illinois.
In 2009, Governor Quinn came to UIC and signed the Veterans Higher Education Services Act into law with Robert and the UIC task force that made it happen. Illinois became the first state in the nation that mandated all public higher education institutions to replicate efforts for recent returning veterans.
In 2010, Robert created a one-stop-shop event for the entire Chicago-land community by combining VA health care benefits, education, employment, housing, legal, disability, mental health, family/children services and faith based community programs called, the www.IllinoisWarriorSummit.org (Robert was awarded President Obama’s Gold Voluntary Service Award for his outstanding dedication to the veteran community).
In 2011, Robert created a non-profit organization focused on unifying community support services and connecting military members, veterans and families to programs called, Illinois Supporting All Veterans Equally (ISAVE) Foundation.
In 2013, Robert created a non-profit organization focused on employment placement needs called, Support All Veterans Equally (SAVE)- Veterans. Employment. Today. (V.E.T.) placement program with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and community business organizations to provide military members and veterans with immediate employment opportunities.
In 2014, Robert placed over 400 veterans into employment working one day a week with community partners and volunteers in partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)- Chicago Workforce Center in Pilsen. In the first quarter of 2013, the V.E.T. placement program and community partners serviced 192 veterans and placed 142, demonstrating a 78% placement rate at one workforce center. The highest paid veteran was $95,000 with Blue Cross Blue Shield as a senior project manager.
In 2015, Robert worked with The Veterans Trust (TVT) to create the Access, Completion and Placement (ACP) county model in collaboration with community partners and higher education institutions. Robert now serves as Operations Director for The Veterans Trust.