About APK Charities

Throughout the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Military’s contingent of Special Forces has played a significant and critical role, often under the most dangerous of circumstances. Over the years, Special Forces soldiers and their families have made enormous sacrifices for their country and Connecticut’s military families have not been spared this sacrifice. On March 11, 2013, Connecticut native Capt. Andrew Pedersen Keel, was killed in action in Eastern Afghanistan serving as the commander of his special forces detachment. He was 28 years old.

Bob and Helen Pedersen-Keiser, parents of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel, created the APK Charities Corporation (a Connecticut non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable status applied and pending/Federal Tax ID 46-5456912) and the APK 5K/5K Ruck Walk/March to properly honor and remember the ultimate sacrifice made by Captain Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, US Army Special Forces. The APK Charities provides financial aid and material assistance to charitable organizations and causes.

Awareness and support from our communities for our active and wounded warriors and their families and for the families of our fallen warriors is still very much needed. We would like to ask that you and your company join us in recognizing and supporting this cause by participating in and/or contributing to the Inaugural APK 5K fundraising event sponsored by the APK Charities Corporation.

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This year, all proceeds of this important APK Charities event will benefit The APK Direct Assistance Program, an APK Charities Endowment Fund with the Madison and Guilford Foundations, Spike’s K9 Fund, and the Special Forces Charitable Trust. These charities provide much needed and effective recognition and support for fallen soldiers’ families and wounded soldiers and their families, just as they have done for the family of Capt. Pedersen-Keel and his detachment teammates who were wounded.

About APK Charities

We seek to raise awareness and support for our active, retired, wounded and fallen warriors and their families and to provide financial aid and material assistance to charitable organizations and causes.

APK Charities’ mission is to serve as a bridge connecting our society and our Armed Forces, opening our hearts and minds to serve those who protect us.

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