The Hero Behind APK Charities

Helen Pedersen-Keiser and Bob Keiser talk about the death of their son, Special Forces Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel and how his death in Afghanistan led them to start APK Charities.

Andrew Pedersen-Keel, Avon Old Farms
Special Forces Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel, give to APK Charities to help CT veterans


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October 29 – November 5


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A Chat with Helen Pedersen-Keiser and Bob Keiser

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 while serving as the commander of his special forces detachment. He was 28 years old.

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Will discusses his experience with TBI.

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Will discusses his experience with PTSD.

APK Charities' Bob Keiser and New England Patriots' Robert Kraft at the Myra Kraft MVP Awards

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Helen Pederen-Keiser was recently interviewed by NBC Connecticut regarding the heartbreak that's unfolding in Afghanistan.

NBC-30: Connecticut Gold Star Family Disheartened by Scenes in Afghanistan

Helen Pederen-Keiser was recently interviewed by NBC Connecticut regarding the heartbreak that’s unfolding in Afghanistan. Please see the video below. “A Connecticut family whose son was killed in the War in Afghanistan say they are sickened by what is happening in the country where he made the ultimate sacrifice.”