Rank: Spec 5 E-5
War or Conflict: Vietnam War
Years of Service: 2
Drafted May 1967, Howard Kalachman Served with First Air Cav.; 2/12; A & Headquarters Companies in Vietnam November '67 to December '68, being wounded at AnKhe. He has been awarded the: Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, CIB, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Metal with 2 O/S bars, and the NYS Conspicuous Service Cross. Howard was briefly involved in politics upon return from Vietnam. Earning several advanced degrees, he spent two-plus decades in the business world, before becoming an educator. Now, retired from the NYC Department of Education, after 22 years of service as an Assistant Principal, Computer & Math Specialist. Howard was a Long Beach resident in 1969 but moved to Queens when his father became ill. He moved back to Long Beach in 1980 and have lived in the area ever since. The pride and joy of his life is his lovely daughter Heather, who is an attorney currently with the Children's Law Firm. When not involved in veteran's activities, Kalachman spends his time helping others through various volunteer organizations including Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers Big Sisters of L.I. (where he has been a big brother since 2007), Island harvest and others. He is a public speaker for many of these organizations as well as a speaker at various Veterans' events in the City of Long Beach. He wrote and published, "Hi Mom, I'm O.K" and Other Lies From Vietnam, in 2009. This is not so much a story of heroes in the usual sense, as a reminder of and dedicated to the sacrifices made by Veterans and their loved ones. He is a life member of the DAV, VFW, and the American Legion Victor Murtha Post # 972 where he has been Commander since 2009. He has been the Secretary/Treasurer for the Joint Veterans Organization of Long Beach since 2013 and is the current Commander of that organization. Being a life long advocate for Veterans, in 2010 Howard was recommended for, and became, the Veterans consultant & liaison for the New York Institute of Technology's & New York State, "Troop to Teachers" program; finding and assisting veterans to enter that program. Howard worked with Senator Dean Skelos' office to bring the NYS Parks Department Disabled Veteran's program in line with the Federal Golden Access Passport program allowing disabled veterans better access to our state park system. Commander Kalachman has spent many a day at the Northport V.A. Hospital serving his brother & sister veterans in various activities thru the American Legion and/or VFW. One of Howard's pet peeves is homeless veterans & he is a frequent volunteer at Veteran Stand-downs. He has been devoted to helping other organizations serving veterans including Peaceful Minds, Hope for the Warrior, Waterfront Warriors, and others.
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