Alan Krutchkoff is President, Trustee and Co-founder of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. (AaSP), an all-volunteer 501(c)3 public non profit charity that has been improving the morale of America’s warriors in harm’s way since April 2003.
AaSP’s mission has three distinct spokes: In addition to sending cartons throughout the year, AaSP goes on MWR (Morale Welfare Recreation) trips into Theater and on US bases. These often comprise the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders variety show. The third and probably most important spoke involves taking care of Wounded Veterans. Money raised is used to help buy vehicles, transportation services, motorized wheelchairs, riding lawnmowers, and anything that can provide the Warfighter with independence and self esteem. In 2017, AaSP purchased an exoskeleton that enabled a wounded Marine to walk. AaSP also teams up with Captain Woodall’s Camp4Heroes and other charities to provide patients at Walter Reed NMMC with gifts and cheer at Christmas and at the Super Bowl each year.
In 2015, AaSP is sponsored Warfighters Independence Weekend in Massachusetts, a suicide prevention event for a unit of the 10th MTN Division – B Company, 2-87 IN –creating a retreat/reunion of its combat veterans and others who suffer from PTS. This project now extends to AaSP’s support for Camp4Heroes, a “retreat for life” in North Carolina also aimed at suicide prevention, where Alan serves on the Board of Directors.
Alan has lived an eclectic career. After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He then travelled for more than six months and covered over 15,000 miles touring Europe, Iran and Afghanistan in an old van before returning home to an advertising job. He owned a small jewelry manufacturing business, an equine art gallery and spent 10 years providing marketing and sales expertise to Calumet Farm of Lexington, KY, one the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred racing and breeding farms. From 1993 to 2009, Krutchkoff worked for Unilever – a global consumer products giant – in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Alan and his wife Mary-Edna live in Fair Lawn, NJ, and have three sons and three granddaughters. Mary-Edna is a Registered Nurse and is the volunteer Vice President of Wounded Care for AaSP. Alan is also a member of the American Legion Post 171 in Fair Lawn, NJ, and has served as its Service Officer.
Awards and Recognition:
U.S. Army Commendation Medal for Civilian Service
U.S. Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service
State of New Jersey Commendation Medal
Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Philip Mazzei Americanism Grand Patriot Award from UNICO National
NJ Probation Association 2017 Organization/Citizen of the Year
Fair Lawn, NJ, Chamber of Commerce Organization/Citizen of the Year 2016