Army Veteran, Bronx Community Activist and Bronx Chronicle Head Sal Conforto honored at New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame

IMG_0421 copyArmy veteran, local community activist and our own editor-in-chief here at the Chronicle Sal Conforto was inducted by Senator Jeff Klein into the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame. Along with 57 other inductees, Sal is now representing the Bronx at the Veteran’s Hall of Fame after being nominated by Senator Jeffrey Klein.  “I am grateful and humbled at the same time.” Sal said after being inducted.

From 1964 to 1966, Sal served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer in the 502 Armored Division and later in the 7th Infantry Division after he was deployed to South Korea.

Sal’s passion and drive to improve his community and the lives within it is evident. Bronx locals know Sal by name and they know he is always available to help them. This passion to help other’s stem from Sal wanting to honor his late daughter, Maryann, saying, “Ever since that day, I have tried to do good works in my daughter’s memory.”

As a member of the Morris Park Kiwanis Club, Sal organizes a Thanksgiving turkey and food drive at St. Clare of Assisi Church. Every year this food drive gives away 300 to 500 family sized Thanksgiving meals to families in need. The Kiwanis Club and Sal, also, visits patients at Calvary Hospital to celebrate patient birthdays the second Sunday of each month. Complete with cake and a DJ, the birthday celebrations provide happy memories to patients and their families.

His community service does not stop there, Sal has been treasurer for four years to the Morris Park Community Association and is founder of the Americans Civics Institute. Just recently, he and the Americans Civics Institute collected food from supermarkets to be delivered to food pantries. Additionally, Sal is founder of the online publication, The Bronx Chronicle.

The Bronx Chronicle staff would like to congratulate Sal Conforto as both veteran, community activist, and keeping his daughter’s memory alive through selfless acts of kindness.

Video by Annie Boller

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