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.