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Planning is underway for the PBS Kansas Veterans Coming Home Salute 2021!
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Wichita Marriott, 9100 E Corporate Hills Dr, Wichita, KS. 

Marri Krupco, commander of the Kansas Department of the American Legion, will be our guest speaker. 

Program Keynote Speaker

Marri Krupco 

The American Legion, Mooney-Long American Legion Post 279

 

Marri Krupco saw her family’s grocery store in Blue Mound, Kan., close. Then the local school. She vowed to not let the same happen to Mooney-Long American Legion Post 279.

About seven years ago, declining membership threatened the post’s charter. As adjutant, Krupco led a revitalization that nearly tripled membership in two months. 

In June, Post 279 will turn 100, which she sees as a perfect occasion to celebrate Blue Mound’s “small-town patriotism and how important veterans are to the community – and how important it is for those veterans to join and keep the post alive.”

Krupco’s determination to recruit new members and retain others continued as district commander, when she led the 2nd District to maintain the highest percent of quota every week of the membership year.

“I set out to do 20 years of (military) service, but it did not work out that way. This is one way I can continue to serve active-duty families. Helping not just my post but posts across the state is very rewarding to me.”

She’s proud of her hometown of Blue Mound, and just as proud of her post. 

“We are not set in our ways. We’re making a new path. We’re willing to accept new ideas and do something new for our community.”

Branch of service Navy (1998-2002)

Rank Electrician’s mate second class

Military job Nuclear propulsion plant operator/electrical

American Legion post Mooney-Long Post 279, Blue Mound, Kan.

Years in the Legion 20

Sponsor the 2021 Veterans Coming Home Salute

We are already planning our 7th Annual Veterans Coming Home Salute. Join us by paying tribute to outstanding Kansas veterans. 
Contact Terri Brooks, PBS KANSAS Director of Development, at tbrooks@kpts.org or call 316-838-3090 ext. 221.

 

Information Contact

Lynn Woolf, PBS KANSAS Special Events & Volunteer Manager, lwoolf@kpts.org or 316-838-3090 ext. 218

Thank you to this year’s sponsors!

Congratulations to the Previous PBS KANSAS Veterans Coming Home Salute Award Recipients!

2020

KPTS Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award
Greg Zuercher - Retired Sergeant, Army

KPTS “Can-Do” Attitude Award
James S. Eicher - Retired Colonel, Army

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award

  • Terry D. Houck
  • Rev. David C. Fulton
  • Jack L. Weiss
     

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award - Larry Burks, Wichita State University Military & Veteran Services

2019

KPTS Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award recipient - John Remy

KPTS “Can Do Attitude” Award recipient - Herb Duncan

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award recipients:

  • Guy F. Bower
  • Gene McCreight
  • Brian Coleman

 

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award recipient - Team RWB

2018

KPTS Robert J. Dole Award Distinguished Service Award recipient - David M. Kennedy

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award recipients:

  • Terry Kasperek
  • Raymond V. Miller

 

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award recipients - Vet-to-Vet Support Command and Veteran Providers Coalition of Sedgwick County

2017

KPTS Robert J. Dole Award Distinguished Service Award recipient - James D. Denison

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award recipients:

  • Barbara Bulger
  • Gary Rogers
  • Stephan F. Gonzales

 

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award recipient - Alpha One Drop Zone

2016

KPTS Robert J. Dole Award Distinguished Service Award - Bob Rogers

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award recipient - Kansas Honor Flight

2015

Robert J. Dole recognized at the first Veterans Coming Home Salute.

PBS KANSAS Veterans Coming Home Salute

VCH Greg Zuercher

Greg Zuercher, is the recipient of the KPTS Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award.

VCH James Eicher

James Eicher, the recipient of the KPTS Herb Duncan "Can-Do Attitude" Award.

VCH David Fulton

David C. Fulton, is the recipient of the KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Award.

VCH Terry Houck

Terry Houck, the recipient of KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award.

VCH Jack Weiss

Jack Weiss, is the recipient of the KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award.

VCH WSU Military and Veteran Services

WSU Military and Veteran Services - recipient of the KPTS Distinguished VCH Business Award

KPTS Veterans Salute - Gene McCreight

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Jon Remy

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Brian Coleman

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Chris Norgren

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Guy Bower

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Jay Erwin

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Wayne Borman

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Veteran Banners

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Herb Duncan

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Submarine Veterans Ceremony

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.