About Vets Helping Heroes
Vets Helping Heroes was founded by Irwin Stovroff, a highly decorated WWII veteran and ex POW having spent 13 months in a Nazi camp after being shot down on his 35th and what was supposed to be his last mission as a Bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group. He discarded his dog tags before his capture to hide the fact that he was Jewish. He thought all was lost when he was recognized by a Nazi interrogator. Irwin had been his family’s newspaper boy in Buffalo, NY. He had come to Germany to be with his grandmother and stayed. The interrogator told Irwin that he wanted to help him and he put a "?" on Irwin’s records next to religion, effectively saving his life.
Determined to pay it forward, after retiring from a long career in sales, Irwin, volunteered at the West Palm Beach, FL VA Hospital. In 2007 he learned that veterans with PTSD were suffering for years with nightmares, panic attacks, flashbacks, mood disorders and quite often addictions; and that the VA was not paying for service dogs. Despite his own PTSD and the personal challanges, Irwin worked feverously to found Vets Helping Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to providing assistance dogs for active duty military and retired personnel veterans recovering from the physical and psychological challenges they suffered as a result of their service to our country.
Vets Helping Heroes has a versatile and active board of directors comprised of high ranking business professional in the fields of Law, Computers, Healthcare, Non-profit, Film Production, Sales and more. This dynamic team enables us the best advantage to achieve our goals. In addition, many of our board members are retired military with first-hand knowledge and experience of the plight of the injured that we seek to help.
2nd Lt. U.S. Air Force Retired - Ex-POW WWII
Board of Directors
US Naval Aviator, Capt. Retired
Sam Bierstock, MD ("Dr. Sam")
"Before You Go" - Aging Veterans Tribute Author
Owner/Filmmaker Wide Angle Video Productions
Charles R. Morgenstein
Attorney, MMO Legal Services, LLC
Lt. Col. Melvin Pollack
US Air Force Retired, Ex-POW Vietnam
John Van Blois
Maj. General, U.S. Air Force Retired
Retired President, CEO and Chairman at Werner Co.
President, Levenson & Associates, Inc.