This Veterans Day, EAC Network pauses to honor the fearless, proud, and courageous individuals who served (and serve) our country with honor.
Such a person is Hal Knapp, an EAC Network In-Home Respite Services volunteer who served our country with distinction. As a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, 525th Squadron of the 379th Bombardment Group in WWII, Hal flew 35 missions over Germany and France in a B17 as a Navigator. Hal’s service to our country during WWII was his way of giving back. In 2014, he revisited Kimbolton, England with members of his former unit to pay homage to his friends who lost their lives in the pursuit of peace.
When Hal retired from his job with Michelin North America, he never stopped working. Hal’s mantra, “give a little, get a lot back,” served him well through the years. Since 1986, Hal has volunteered at his local church as a bereavement counselor and religious educator, and he has served meals at the Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead.
Hal gives the most precious gift of his time to caregivers through EAC Network’s In-Home Respite Services because he knows too well the hardships of caregiving. When his wife of 53 years was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, his world changed forever. After her death, Hal joined In-Home Respite Services to offer comfort to family caregivers in similar circumstances.
Hal Knapp is a shining example of the good that people do for their country and community. EAC Network is proud to recognize Hal for his extraordinary service and dedication to others.
Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all those who serve(d)!
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Carol O’Neill, LMSW, is EAC Network’s Senior Director of Senior & Nutrition Services. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing innovative senior programs.