DOVE Veteran Recipients
“I love this country—for most of my childhood in Albania, I dreamt of coming to the United States and Serving in the Military”
Alex Pallko is a 40-year-old very proud U.S. Army Veteran who accomplished his dream of becoming a U.S. Service member. However, his dream was cut too short when he suddenly was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and was medically dischared after nearly three years of service.
Alex is young and still hoping to find a way to get his health back and continue to give to this country that he loves. He loves animals, cooking, and hiking with friends, but has felt too debilitated to do any outdoor activity. Alex is planning to pursue an MBA at the Northeastern University in Boston. Let us help Alex find a living kidney donor and get back the life he was leading prior to his kidney failure.
Marena “MJ” Jordan served as combat medic in the Army from 1998 to 2004 and was deployed to Iraq for 13 months.
Upon medical discharge from the Army, Marena continued to serve the military community as a telehealth technician for the Bronx VA Medical Center. However, she developed end stage kidney disease and was unable to continue full-time work. MJ is a mom to three children.
A kidney transplant would enable MJ to live a healthier and full life free from dialysis. Many of MJ’s family has come forward to donate but they were ruled out medically.
“After turning 18, I felt it was my obligation to serve my Country and defend the Constitution.”
My initial enlistment in January 1966 began with the 315th Infantry Brigade. I became expertly trained in using Rifles, Sidearms and various combat equipment after being promoted to PFC.
I was able to take courses to become a Personnel Specialist achieving the rank of Sgt E5 and extended my obligation for a total of 10 years.
I have found that my pride in the military helped in becoming a good husband, father and businessman. What makes me proud is that the company I work for is very dedicated to our service men and women and I am part of helping them with understanding the VA mortgage.
I would be honored if someone out there would partner with me in becoming a kidney donor. I have many good years left to share with my wife, children, grandchildren and my community.
“ I am asking someone selfless to donate so that I may give to my country again. As a Veteran, husband, father, an”d passionate American, I implore you to help.
Jason Edmondson is a 45-year-old Army veteran, husband, and proud dad of a 17-year-old daughter. Jason served as an ammunition specialist and has been awarded National Defense Service Medals twice.
For 13 years, Jason has been living with a kidney disease called IGA Nephropathy—the disease has attacked his kidneys and he now relies on hemodialysis to survive.
Jason hopes to continue to serve his fellow Texans by running for political office.