Tom Shull was a US Army Captain working in the White House for President Reagan. He played a key role in getting the groundbreaking permit despite opposition from some people very dedicated to bringing an end to the now very popular design by Maya Lin.
Tom is CEO of AFEES which has stores world wide to serve our military. He is a graduate of West Point and Harvard. In 1981 a national controversy took place in which Tom Shull played a major role in bringing the unpleasantness to an end. He was able to get ground broken in March 1982 which allowed for construction to take place.