Meet Amy Palmer: Soldiers’ Angels CEO

Posted on Feb 02, 2017 by aray  | Comments (4)


Amy Palmer is the President and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels and so much more. She joined us in October 2013 at the personal request of our founder, Patti Patton-Bader. Her experience in the nonprofit sector, energy, enthusiasm and passion for our military and veterans took us from near closing and bankruptcy to a stable and well respected military and veteran organization.

Amy is a one-of-a-kind leader! Here’s more about her and what she does with Soldiers’ Angels.

How did you get involved with Soldiers’ Angels? I have known Patti Patton-Bader for many years of working in the military nonprofit field. I respect and admire her greatly for the work she was doing with Soldiers’ Angels. When Patti was ready to retire she asked that I take over for her. If I had not taken the role, they would have closed the organization.

Why is the support Soldiers’ Angels provides so important? Soldiers’ Angels work is very important because it covers service members and veterans of all branches and generations. As most veteran service organizations have a membership base that is quickly declining, Soldiers’ Angels volunteer numbers are growing. Our organization brings new life and energy to the VA’s.

What’s one word that describes the organization? Energized

Did you serve or has anyone in your family served? I served in the Air Force and went through the medical evaluation board process for injuries to my back incurred in the line of duty. I have had spine surgery and have a future surgery on the horizon. My husband served almost 22 years in the Air Force before his retirement. 

Tell me about one of your favorite moments at Soldiers’ Angels:  One of my favorite moments was running the Gladiator Mud Run with a wounded warrior and his service dog.  Both the wounded warrior and his dog completed the obstacle course and made it to the finish line. That day was the beginning of a real shift for this wounded warrior who now is much healthier and thinner. His mental and physical state of mind are much better.

What do you have planned for this year? We hope to expand our mobile food distributions. Food is a huge need for our veterans and their families. Our veterans should never go to bed hungry. We also plan to expand our VA support greatly this year for a second year in a row.

 


Comments (4)

  1. Shirley A. McCarthy Plue:
    Feb 22, 2017 at 04:29 PM

    Amy: I'm so glad you stepped up to continue the Soldier Angels Organization when Patti was ready to retire. I reached out to her in early 2000 to volunteer. I made sand scarves, worked at stands to promote and sent many gift boxes. I continue to keep this organization as #1. I am now 81, with health issues and on limited income. I still do what I can. I am a flag and veteran advocate. My granddaughter and her husband are both in the USAF, stationed in North Carolina. I come from a military family of Marines. I have 5 children, 9 grand and 2 great grand children. Busy, yes, but still want to help. Socks will be coming your way!

    My question is: Are there any organized Soldier Angels groups in my area? I never see any advertisements. I can't do this myself, but would like to work with a local group. Hartford, Connecticut would be central and 1 hr. away. There is also a vets facility in that area.

    Please contact me at my e-mail. Continue to excel in your great endeavors.

  2. Soldiers' Angels:
    Feb 22, 2017 at 04:56 PM

    Hi Shirley! Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a boots on the ground presence at any of the VA hospitals in Connecticut and I understand they are a good distance from you, however I am sure there are volunteer opportunities for you. There are many opportunities to volunteer virtually on one of our teams as a Team Angel if you would like a virtual opportunity. If you would like a more hands on opportunity, the Hartford Vet Center may be an option for you. If you would like to contact Vicki Sarracino, our Director of Field Operations, she can guide you to the best opportunity for you.

  3. Trina Gentry:
    Feb 22, 2017 at 06:42 PM

    Is there a Soldier Angel group in Santa Clara County, CA? I love to read of your work and I am a hands on with Veterans kind of person.
    After I joined local DAR I was ask to take a post to help on a face to face monthly with Veterans at a local VA satellite location and did bingo and lunches for almost 4 years. Now that group has been relocated to various locations and I have some time to reach out personally to other Veterans. My DAR is always collecting needed items for Veterans at the Palo Alto and Menlo Park VA facilities and I help with that also.
    Would like to see what your group needs for myself? Thank you for so much for all you and the other Angels do for U.S.A. Veterans. By the way, I am married to a U.S. Navy Korean Veteran.
    Please contact me by email.

  4. Soldiers' Angels:
    Feb 23, 2017 at 01:27 PM

    Hi Trina! We definitely have some volunteers and activities in your area! I'm going to connect you with Chris, who is our VP of Field Operations for that area of the country. His email is: cnuels@soldiersangels.org. He can get you connected with our volunteers in that area. We would love connect with you!


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