BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Health Society and The United States Marine Corps League have selected David Knapp as the Palm Beach County Veteran of the Year. He will be honored at the Palm Beach County Veterans Day luncheon on Thursday, November 11.
David Knapp was recently named the chief operating officer of the Virginia chapter of the Veterans Support Organization. Prior to joining the VSO, Knapp was the southern area commander of the American Legion, covering Stuart to Key West, Florida. He also has served as chairman of the Palm Beach County Veterans Committee, responsible for planning the Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Day events, among other duties.
Mr. Knapp, an ordained minister, has been instrumental in bringing awareness to and caring for the needs of veterans. He is a member of the board of directors for Faith, Hope, Love, Charity, Inc. (Stand Down House) for homeless veterans, a member of Congressman Ron Klein’s Veterans Advisory Board, a member of the Veterans Advisory Board at Virginia Medical Center, South Florida American Legion representative for Homeless Veterans Coalition and a member of the Palm Beach County Veterans Task Force. In addition, he has been a major force in organizing the new veterans court, which will be in place by December 2010. As the host of The Knapster Show on w4cy.com, an Internet radio show for veterans, he can be heard every Tuesday at 4 p.m.
“We are very proud of David Knapp and all of the work he has done to help the veteran community,” states Richard Van Houten, founder and president of the Veterans Support Organization. “David’s commitment to his fellow veterans is admirable; he works tirelessly to help those in need.”
The Veterans Support Organization is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that helps veterans who are homeless, or near homeless, organize a “path” to independent living. The organization has created and manages several programs that specifically address the emotional and financial needs of veterans.
The Veterans Support Organization currently operates in 17 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. The organization plans to continue to open chapters in states that are not currently served.
To help, donate or learn more about the Veterans Support Organization, please log on to www.veteranssupportorganization.org or contact Hilarie Viener at 561.338.7797 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org