Scott C. Barber
Jerold A. Klein
Thomas H. Corey
Michelle R. Watson
Douglas L. Phipps, Esq.
Valerie Halaby is
President and Founder of SOS Support Our Soldiers, Inc., a
501(c)(3) nonprofit Veterans' support organization. Her passion
for helping U.S. Military Soldiers and their families was born
of gratitude she felt for their devoted service after our
nation's most terrible tragedy on September 11th, 2001. It was
a special invitation by good friend Elaine Rogers, President of
the USO Metro, to visit Washington D.C. for a V.I.P. tour of our
nation's Pentagon immediately following the attack. Valerie had
the privilege of sharing a private visit with then Army Chief of
Staff, General Keane (Ret.); descended 20 stories to the War
Room; attended the Laying of the Wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery; visited with patients at
Walter Reed Medical Center, and made many subsequent visits to
participate with the USO in the years to follow.
wounded troops at Walter Reed Medical Center and hearing the
deeply moving stories of the proud men and women who sacrificed
their lives for our country, she became astonished to learn of
the many unfulfilled needs and gaps in services that existed,
despite the government programs that are in place - things like
soldiers having their hospital meals deducted from their
military paychecks was something impossible for her to believe.
It was with this new understanding of the difficult challenges
our young men and women were facing, that she realized a greater
calling and purpose had blessed her life.
path was put into motion many years before her realization to
get involved with helping Military Veterans, as there's no
coincidence that she majored in Professional Aeronautics and
Aviation Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University and was selected to participate in a UTC training
program at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company's government engine
business facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, working her way
up to Sr. CAD Designer in the Engineering department before
leaving after her 6th year anniversary. Valerie received a
Special Recognition for Excellence Award as a member of the core
engineering team who's responsibility was to prepare the service
repair work on the PW F14 fighter jet engines that led the
sortie mission on Libya in March of 1986.
After electing to
receive a volunteer severance package from Pratt & Whitney in
1992 as a result of defense budget cutbacks, Valerie went on to
become self-employed in the Real Estate industry and gained a
vast array of experience from sales to construction to mortgage
origination & securitization, and eventually opened A.B.
Merrill, Inc. in July 1998, a mortgage investment and trading
serves on the Board of Directors for the West Palm Beach Friends
of Fisher House nonprofit organization located on the VA Medical
Center grounds, The Palm Beach County Veterans Committee, Stand
Down House/Love, Hope, Faith, Charity, Inc. and continues to
maintain her strong ties to the USO, Washington, D.C.