Jim Chancellor is much more than just Lowell High School’s assistant varsity softball coach. Besides coaching the girls on the softball team, he wants the team experience to be “something for the girls to take with them into life…not just about teaching them how to play softball.” He has taken the team on out of state trips, to Lowell Health Care Center for a pizza party and dance, delivered food baskets to less fortunate families at holiday time and to Adam Benjamin Outpatient VA Clinic to give out Christmas gifts to veterans. Jim’s true passion in life is to educate people on the effects war has on its veterans. It started back when Chancellor first returned home from Vietnam. He felt a need to tell people about war. Since this was not a popular thing to talk about, most of what he had to say fell on deaf ears. When he went to the veterans, he saw that he was “singing to the choir”, they already knew about war. Chancellor realized that it was today’s youth that needed to know about war. Today’s students could be tomorrow’s decision makers. The better they under-stood what is being asked
of soldiers when they are sent off to war, the better decisions they could make.
He has dedicated his life to veterans and has served ‘As president of many veterans’ organizations. In 1970 he organized and participated in a 50-mile walk for the P.O.W. families of Indiana. During the ’80’s and ’90’s he was involved in the construction and maintenance of many new and existing veteran memorials throughout Northwest Indiana. Chancellor speaks to high school and college students about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how war affects the warrior. In 1982 Chancellor designed the Vietnam Veterans Ring. The ring is worn and endorsed by retired Army General William Westmoreland and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis and was requested by the late Bob Hope. Hope said of his ring, “I have had many souvenirs in my life, but this ring is a standout.” In the mid 1990’s Chancellor expanded his ring business to include all combat veterans from all wars. When asked what prompted him to create rings for all veterans, he said, “Combat veterans all share a similar bond. It doesn’t matter if you were in Pearl Harbor, Ichon, Korea, the jungles of Vietnam or the deserts of Iraq; we are all the same.” The rings worn by combat veterans proudly state, “I know, I understand and I care.” I know about war because I have been there, I understand the answers to some of the questions we have all searched for, and I truly care about you and your family. The rings are a silent symbol of these emotions and the support each veteran gives each other. Jim Chancellor presented a ring to James R. Mueller, Commander-In-Chief of the VFW, on August 28 in Reno, NV at the 107th VFW National Convention. At this convention, Charlie Daniels was presented the VFW Hall of Fame Award and the VFW Dwight D. Eisenhower Distinguished Service Award was given to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Chancellor has lived in Hobart for ten years and is a carpenter with three grown children and four grandchildren. He is a caring man who puts his personal passion into whatever he does. He has coached Pop Warner, works with Special Olympics, and has a Purple Heart and heroism medal from his tour in Vietnam as a door-gunner. A portion of the proceeds from veteran ring sales goes to support Chancellor’s Post Traumatic Stress work-shops. To find out more about Chancellor and what he does, contact him at jim@veteranscollection.