Darryle Kouns - Vero Beach, Florida
Darryle L. Kouns is a U.S. Army Colonel (retired). As a West Point graduate, he served many U.S. and overseas tours in his 29 years of active duty.
Colonel Kouns has been an active supporter of the 15,000 Indian River County Veterans and their families for 13 years. Active as a member of the Vero Beach chapter of the military Officers Association of America for 10 years and has served the last 5 years as a Director. The purpose of MOAA is to aid active and retired military personnel and their families and survivors in every proper and legitimate manner. In 2013 he was a founder of the Upward American Veterans (UAV} Program. The mission of UAV is to respond to requests for immediate financial assistance from qualified US veterans and families’. He served as the Officer Representative of the UAV committee for 8 years and managed the expenditure of more than $200.000 for 159 needy veterans and their families.
Colonel Kouns has served 3 years on Congressman Bill Posey's Military Advisory Committee. He and his wife volunteered 4 years delivering Meals on Wheels to Indian River County home bound citizens. They have supported Dogs for Life by fostering new puppies to be trained and donated to military veterans as service and hearing dogs.
The Colonel has served as an officer of VCIRC for 10 years and has recently completed a 3 year term as council president. VCIRC has grown over the past few years to 25 Veterans Organizations and over 45 non-veteran civic, government and business entities. The initial focus of VCIRC was to provide round trip transportation for veteran appointments at the West Palm Beach VA Hospital and hosting Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies Colonel Kouns has planned and functioned as the Master of Ceremonies for the last 12 of these events with an average attendance of 1500.
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