SSFOA OFFICERS

Steven Newton
Founder/CEO


Steve Newton is a 25-year law enforcement veteran and a former Marine/Navy veteran. He served with the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine pision. With the Navy, he was with NAVACTS-UK-318 and was called back to active duty for the first Desert Storm.

Now retired and afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, he continues to write articles for various law enforcement, military and veteran publications. He is also the author of the "Old Sergeant, the “Old Sergeant and Friends,” and is working on his third book, “The Old Sergeant Rides Again.”

Steve still serves as 3rd Vice President of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as Director of the Law Enforcement Equipment Program and is founder of the Silver Star Families of America. He has been honored with several awards from the American Police Hall of Fame, including the Legion of the Purple Heart and has been nominated as Police Officer of the year by the National American Legion. He has also been awarded the Department of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award by the Secretary of Defense and the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award.and Lifetime Call to Service Award.

Read more of Steve's bio at: http://www.silverstarfamilies.org/Founders_Bio.html

Diana Newton
Co-founder
Treasurer


Diana Newton is Co-Founder and Treasurer of The Silver Star Families of America and a full-time supporter of our wounded service members. She has volunteered for many organizations that support the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Law Enforcement Equipment Program, The Purple Hearts and the Silver Star Families of America. She is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University majoring in geography. Her volunteer efforts have been recognized with awards consisting of the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award, Conspicuous Service Medal, and was nominated by SSFOA members for the Above and Beyond Award for her care of our wounded. Diana has also been nominated for the CNN Hero of the Year.

Diana is an SSFOA Representative for the VAVS NAC and works diligently to offer helpful resources on VA issues.

Along with the hundreds of Banner packages she has shipped, Diana has personally presented many Silver Star Banners to wounded from all wars, including a presentation to a Purple Hearts Chapter in Missouri. Diana was instrumental and participated in the signing ceremony at her state’s capital with Governor Blunt which gave endorsement to the Silver Star Flag as the Official symbol for the wounded of Missouri. In addition, she actively supports veterans by delivering/mailing supplies to Veteran Homes and V.A. Hospitals and Clinics. Diana spearheaded the Silver Star Day event at Hammons Ball Park which treated the Veterans of Mt. Vernon Home with free tickets to the Springfield Cardinals game.

Diana has a family background of United States Armed Forces members & supporters. Her father was a Navy veteran and her brother is an Air Force/Army veteran. She welcomes you to join with her as she honors and assist the wounded of our country.

Kathy Landess
National President
V A Executive Director
Tribal Liaison


Kathy serves as SSFOA Rep for California and also as Executive Veteran Affairs Director. She has worked with Veteran Affairs and assists with VA issues as they arise. Kathy complies a listing of helps and resources to benefit our wounded Veterans.

She has been involved with military support activities for over 26 years. Her support of our troops began as a way to honor her fiance who was KIA in Vietnam. She has had 100s of penpals over the years, ranging from raw recruits up to Colonels, in nearly every service branch.

Besides SSFOA, Kathy belongs to and is associated with: StarSupportMilitary Group, Adopt-a-Soldier/Adopt-a-Platoon, Operation Military Pride, Soldier's Angels and co-coordinate of Operation: Mail Support, a penpal program. She happened to find SSFoA's website by accident and very soon realized that she had to belong to this organization. Supporting our military is important, but supporting/honoring our wounded/our vets is even more so. Kathy feels very privileged to be part of the SSFOA cause and all the wonderful people in the group. Contact Kathy to join Silver Star Families in California.

Margie Harich
National Vice President
Maryland and D.C. Rep


Margie Harich is a member of SSFOA and serves as SSFOA Maryland Rep, Sergeant At Arms, D.C. Liaison and on the Advisory Board. She is a graduate of South Marshall High School, Benton, Kentucky, Montgomery College - Montgomery County, Maryland and Frederick Community College - Frederick, Maryland. Margie has served her community by working in various occupations including Montgomery County Department of Police . SSFOA has the highest confidence in Margie's abilities as she supports our troops and works to assist wounded, ill and dying Veterans and presents Banners. She will attend meetings in DC to help further their care. Margie is a crafter and has interests such as reading, writing, jewelry making, and most other crafts.

Janie Orman
Past National President


Janie has served as SSFOA National President and Vice President in the past. She is an ordained minister and is dedicated to working with wounded, ill and dying Veterans and their families through Silver Star Families and Cornerstone Church, who are the Guardians of the Silver Star Flag. She formerly headed up the SSFOA VA Hospice program and sends Prayer Blankets in behalf of SSFOA to the VA Hospice patients. The Chaplain Team prays continually for the safety of our Armed Forces and the United States of America and sends Prayer Blankets to troops in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan, Walter Reed, Bethesda and other VA and Military Hospitals. Janie has received the Hoosier Heroine Award from General Umbarger and the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Daniels. She received them in honor of our wounded, ill and dying heroes. President 2006-2010.

Public Affairs Officer
Jeremy P. Amick


Jeremy P. Amick served as the Missouri National Guard’s Transition Assistance Advisor for 2-1/2 years. He also served over 11 years in the Missouri National Guard as a Unit Logistics NCO until receiving a medical discharge in December 2004. He currently serves as a public affairs officer with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and is a proud member of both the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in business administration and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia College. Jeremy is also the author of numerous published books and regularly writes veteran-centric articles for various newspapers throughout Missouri. Jeremy is a vital part of the SSFOA organization and family. He spearheads many events in Mid-MO and surrounding areas of the state

Darlene Harrington
Historian

 

Darlene serves as SSFOA Historian and makes beautiful handmade cards that she sends/shares with Veterans that are hospitalized or in the Washington DC are Veteran's homes. She is a homemaker and enjoys her time with her husband, children, grandchildren and parents.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Current Chaplain Ron Kukal
  
 
 
 
 As the new chaplain for the Silver Star Families, it is in my heart to humbly place before you my thoughts about this great organization. I rather suspect it amounts to bearing others pain more often then not. I see men, and now women returning home from combat for example, and finding out their journey has only begun towards a reasonable life. 
 
I myself have run this gauntlet, and have seen the terrible emotional and physically pain that comes from war, and my wife tells me that I have changed into someone that could only have been remodeled by God himself.  I find myself loving every child I see no matter what their race, cherishing what God has
created and given us in the way of what we call family. 
 
Today I hope we can realize that we are facing something bigger then all of us, we are facing a great nation that has changed so much since I was a teen in the fifties.  I am only one person, and yes I can pray for each and every one of you, but I can guarantee you that my prayers are not long.  They are centered around asking for God's will, and not my own.  I spend little time asking God to do things in a certain way that I desire, as I know in the end His will prevails.

Past Chaplain Rasmussen


                        

Richard Reyes-SSFOA Representative to NAVFOC


As a North Alabama Community Leader, I have supported several veteran recognition events and programs throughout the year. Recognitions include, NAVFOC President coins presented to visiting Wounded Worriers and Blue Star Banner presentation during a Veterans breakfast (November 2013). Gold Star Banner and shadow box presentation to surviving families of fallen service members and Veteran of the Year Award presentation during a Veterans Dinner (November 2013). Partnered (NAVFOC) with the City of Huntsville and the local chapter of Association of the United States Army to host Memorial Day Activities at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville AL in 2013.As a North Alabama Community Leader, I have supported several veteran recognition events and programs throughout the year. Recognitions include, NAVFOC President coins presented to visiting Wounded Worriers and Blue Star Banner presentation during a Veterans breakfast (November 2013). Gold Star Banner and shadow box presentation to surviving families of fallen service members and Veteran of the Year Award presentation during a Veterans Dinner (November 2013). Partnered (NAVFOC) with the City of Huntsville and the local chapter of Association of the United States Army to host Memorial Day Activities at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville AL in 2013.


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