In March of 2017, Sgt. Michael Boll founded the NJ Veterans Network (a 501c3 charity) which provides veterans a better quality of life through the donation of cars, housing, mental health services and job assistance. The NJVN recently broke ground to build a retreat complex for disabled veterans and their families in Kiawaah Island, South Carolina.
Michael graduated from Union High School in 1989 and subsequently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Operation Desert Storm from December 1990 through June 1991. In 1993, he received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. In July of 1994, Michael joined the Township of Union Police Department and was assigned to various specialized units. During his time with the police department, he worked closely with numerous community groups. He organized several programs to help raise money for Autism Awareness, disabled veterans, Special Olympics, hurricane disaster relief and other community based programs. Early in his career, Michael started the Santa in Blue program. This program is an annual drive to collect thousands of toys and gifts for less fortunate families from Union Township. He spearheaded the Super Storm Sandy toy drive which collected over $30,000 in gift cards and filled three full size tractor trailers with gifts and bicycles. Sgt. Boll also served in the PBA Local 69 as their State Delegate.
During his time as a police officer, Michael saw the need to help veterans. He became the team captain for the Operation Rebound Racing Team, which benefits disabled veterans and first responders by empowering them to compete in various competition sporting events. He also began a speaking tour highlighting the benefits of helping veterans. He enlisted the help of the NJ VFW, American Legion, NJSPBA, NJFMBA and the NJ FOP. As a result of his volunteer work, Michael was honored at the New Jersey Statehouse where he spoke to the Assembly and Senate about the team’s programs. Sgt. Boll organized a two hundred mile bike ride in 22 hours to Walter Reed Veterans Hospital during his first event as Operation Rebound Racing Team Captain. He successfully collected over $10,000 in gift cards and hand cycles for disabled combat veterans. He also organized a twenty two hour veteran suicide awareness walk at the New Jersey VFW convention.
Sgt Boll currently writes for the Blue Magazine and 27 Renna newspapers. He is also the NJ VFW District 5 legislative officer and a member of the NJ American Legion. Sgt. Boll has received numerous awards including a NJ Governor’s Award for emergency services, 6 departmental letters of appreciation, 5 departmental commendations, 20 PBA Meritorious Service awards, 5 Special Olympics Recognition awards, 3 Township of Union Mayor’s awards, 2 National Unico Service awards, VFW Loyalty award, NJ Good Scout award, 2 International Rotary awards and a VFW National DE Camp award.
David Tyms is the co-founder and Vice President of New Jersey Veterans Network (a 501c3 charity), which provides veterans a better quality of life through the donation of cars and housing, job assistance and mental health services. The NJVN has recently broken ground in Kiawaah Island in South Carolina to build a complex as a retreat for disabled veterans and their families.
David is also the co-captain of the Operation Rebound Racing Team which benefits disabled veterans and first responders by empowering them to compete in various sport competition events. One of David’s proudest accomplishments was when the team completed a 200 mile charity bike ride to Walter Reed on September 11th, 2015. This event raised over $10,000 in gift cards for disabled veterans. In 2015, he became the assistant event coordinator of the Operation Rebound Racing Team.
David served with the United States Air Force where he was assigned to the England Air Force Base for two years and the California Air Force Base for a year and a half. He was appointed to the Union Police Department in July 1994, promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and then to Lieutenant in 2007. He has served in Patrol, Street Crimes and Bike Unit and has been a patrol supervisor from 2000 to present. David is a member of PBA Local #69, past President of the Superior Officer’s Association and a Union Police Department Honor Guard Member.
David and his wife Tammy have two daughters Shannon and Kaitlyn.
Sara Abraham is the Treasurer of the New Jersey Veterans Network. In addition to her role as Treasurer, she is deeply involved in day-to-day operations, organizing events and networking with people and businesses. Sara’s dedication to NJVN is a result of her deep love for this country and the patriotism and sacrifices made by our veterans and first responders. Her commitment to NJVN is a way for her to help the vets and first responders who now more than ever need recognition and real support.
Inspired by her brother’s service in the Springfield Auxiliary Police, Sara decided to join in 2012 and continues to serve in this role. She is also very active in her hometown of Springfield, NJ where she has been a Committee Member of the Springfield Fall Festival since 2010 and the Chairperson of the Springfield Patriot’s Day 5K. The New Jersey Veterans Network participates in this event which raises awareness and fundraising for veterans.
Sara was born at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ, attended Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield and studied business at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City and Kean University in Union, NJ.
Frank “Doc” Schupp
Director of Outreach Services
Frank “Doc” Schupp is a retired Army Medic, an Iraqi War Veteran, and a veteran activist. As an Army Medic he gained a sense of the importance of taking of soldiers and feels that there is no better job in the world than taking care of heroes.
Together with a team of veterans and friends, Frank has run and managed a bi-annual toy drive benefiting hospitalized and disadvantaged children called “the Little Heroes Toy drive.” This team has assisted in different functions including staffing the entertainment for everything from charity events benefiting the eleventh-hour animal rescue to setting up a dinner event for the residents of North Haven Veteran housing program.
Frank has recently gone back to school and graduated from Kean University with a BA in Psychology. During his time there he was awarded the April Cohen Service Award for his service to the University and Community. At Kean he was also an honor roll recipient with a 4.0 GPA and President of the Military and Veterans club where he was able to institute a successful charity drive benefiting the operation Valor Homeless Shelter for veterans in Newark, NJ. Frank also completed an internship with the Kean Department of Veteran Services where he was able to work with the State VA Vet Centers in order to create an ongoing monthly visit to Kean’s Student Veterans Lounge to easier give vets access to their programs to include free counseling.
In terms of Veteran Organizations Frank is the Director of Outreach Services for the New Jersey Veterans Network. He is also a veteran’s case manager for Yates House for military veterans. Frank is very proud to be a member of VFW Clark Moetz Post 2319 where he works closely with their toy distribution program for the children of Vets in various places to include Fort Dix. He is currently working on a veteran’s resource management website which he hopes will help veterans have easier access to the many great programs available to them.
Vincent DeNotaris is a graduate of William Paterson University and received a Masters degree at Montclair State University in Counseling. He is also a licensed counselor LAC, LCADC and SAC CART. He served as a paratrooper in the 509th airborne infantry and 24th mechanized infantry of the United States Army 1979 thru 1982. Vincent has a passion to assist the veteran population which he refers to as the “forgotten population”. In addition, he practices privately and works part time at Northwest Essex Community Health in the co-occurring & detoxification, rehabilitation division. He previously worked at Local 25 sheet metal workers as a project manager, which was the first job he helf after after his military service ended.