Air Force Captain Kreg A. Palko is a disabled veteran who resides in Rhode Island. He attended
the Air Force Academy where he was a star running back for the Fighting Falcons. During his
active duty service, Captain Palko was a T-43 Airlift Pilot as well as a C-141 Instructor Pilot.
However, the man his family knew and loved was falling down stairs, having muscle spasms,
hand cramps and other symptoms. After much testing, Captain Palko was diagnosed with
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This disease has
robbed a proud service man with great athletic prowess of his ability to button his shirts or even
write legibly. He is now confined to a motorized wheelchair and is unable to use his arms, hands
and legs. There is no cure for ALS and the cost of the drugs used in treatment are astronomical.
The prognosis for Captain Palko is terminal and time is running out. His daughter is a Folds of
Honor Higher Education Scholarship recipient majoring in Environmental Science and Policy
who has a great desire to channel her father’s spirit throughout her life and career.