John Rowan represents Queens on the Veterans Advisory Board. Rowan served in the United States Air Force, where he was a linguist in the Air Force's 6990 Security Squadron in Vietnam and at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.
Rowan has served as the National President of Vietnam Veterans of America since 2005, and has been active with VVA since the organization's inception in 1978. A founding member and the first president of VVA Chapter 32 in Queens, New York, he has served as the chairman of VVA's Conference of State Council Presidents, for three terms on the organization's Board of Directors, and as president of VVA's New York State Council. Prior to his election as National President, Rowan served as a VVA veterans' service representative in New York City.
Rowan retired from city service as an investigator with the City of New York's Comptroller's Office. He holds a B.A. in political science from Queens College and a Master's Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College.