The Veterans Council of Indian River County is proud to an announce Executive Board Member Colonel (retired) Darryle “Sam” Kouns was selected for the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Col Kouns served as President of Veterans Council of Indian River County from 2016-2019 and currently serves on their Executive Board.
The State of Florida established the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2013 to recognize and honor those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to the State of Florida. Col. Kouns was instrumental in helping the Veterans Council in receiving the Impact 100 grants as well as serving on many of the VCIRC committees such as the Upward American Veterans Program (UAV) assisting veterans with emergency financial assistance and the Veterans Helping Veterans Program (VHV) providing basic home improvements for veterans who can’t afford them or are physically unable to complete the work.
Colonel (retired) Kouns served 29 years in the United States Army which included three combat tours in Vietnam. He is a West Point graduate and also received a Master’s Degree from Purdue University. Col. Kouns is a member of the West Point Association of Graduates and Chapter 1038 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He and his wife Linda have been residents of Vero Beach since 2003.
About Veterans Council of Indian River County:
The Veterans Council of Indian River County is a local collaborative 501(c)(3) non-profit made up of veteran organizations, civic associations and community partners dedicated to supporting all Indian River County veterans.
For more information about the Veterans Council of Indian River County, visit http://helpIRCvets.org or call (772) 772-410-5820