On this Veteran’s Day, we salute Relics very own Ken Kooyman. He has a long military career and volunteer work.

Ken was enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1967. He went through basic training in the Great Lakes, followed by a year at the Hospital Corps School. He served during the Vietnam War. He later went on to serve at the Chelsea Naval Hospital, NTC Bainbridge and the Philadelphia Naval hospital before he was released in 1971. He medically retired in September 1974.

Ken was in an out of the hospital for almost four years after falling out of a helicopter in the line of duty. He continues to suffer from limiting injuries, but that doesn’t stop him from giving back to the community.

He continued to serve his country as a disabled American Veterans Service Officer from 1978-2005. During that time, he was a staff writer for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Magazine. He served as a volunteer at the DAV Department of Massachusetts for almost 15 years.

Thank you for your service. Ken. Everyone at Relics loves you and considers you family.