Alan “Krutch” Krutchkoff is the President of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. which supports Camp 4 Heroes.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. is 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 also supports Camp 4 Heroes, a “retreat for life” in North Carolina aimed at suicide prevention. AaSP and its partners/benefactors have donated well over $100,000 to the Camp’s development.
“I drive the bus,” Alan describes his role as president of AaSP. “It’s a huge team effort to support the brave men and women of America’s armed forces in harm’s way and it’s a huge honor, privilege and enormous challenge to keep the machine going – and growing.”
AaSP’s mission has three distinct spokes: sending care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coasties all over the world; making Morale/Welfare/Recreation Military Appreciation visits abroad, at US bases and aboard ships; taking care of Wounded/Recovering Veterans. In 2017, AaSP spent over $250,000 to enable our Veterans to be more independent and self reliant.
Krutchkoff served a stint in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era and then travelled from England to Afghanistan (15,000 miles in an old van) before returning home to an advertising job for a supermarket holding company. As an entrepreneur, he owned a small jewelry manufacturing business, an equine art gallery and spent 10 years marketing Thoroughbreds for 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.
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
Bergen County American Legion Commendation Award 2018
NJ Probation Association 2017 Organization/Citizen of the Year
Fair Lawn, NJ, Chamber of Commerce Organization/Citizen of the Year 2016