Weber Names Career Navy Officer Veteran of the Year

Friday, July 27, 2018

Weber honored Steve Kapps (US Navy Retired) as her Veteran of the Year

Weber Names Career Navy Officer Veteran of the Year

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) has named Steve Kappes, a retired Naval captain, as her 2018 “Veteran of the Year”.

“Steve has a remarkable career of service both in and out of the Navy,” Weber said. “He currently dedicates his free time to running an organization that helps injured veterans and service members rehabilitate physically and emotionally.”

Weber honored Kappes at a ceremony for veterans in the Capitol last month.

A graduate of the Naval War College, Kappes had a distinguished career in the Navy from 1984-2008, with broad experience as an intelligence officer. His resume includes service overseas, in the Pentagon, and on the aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Constellation. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.

Since transitioning from active duty in 2008, Kappes has served as Program Manager and Director of Operations at KAB Laboratories, a small defense contractor in San Diego that supports the Navy with high-tech software, systems engineering, and training products and services.

A certified tennis instructor, Kappes co-founded and currently directs the “Wounded Warrior Tennis Program.”

“I’m passionate about improving the lives of others, and I am grateful to have found an avenue to do that through tennis,” Kappes said. “This program provides service members and veterans with a means to overcome the mental and physical challenges stemming from injuries sustained during their service.”

Run in collaboration with Naval Medical San Diego and VA Medical Center San Diego, the project is the first of its kind in the country and has become the model for similar programs established by other military and VA medical centers. Over 1,000 disabled service members and veterans from across the country have benefitted from this program in San Diego since 2009.

Steve has personally invested over 10,000 volunteer hours and led a team of over 100 volunteers who have conducted over 350 weekly tennis clinics and seven week-long national tennis camps, all of which are free for the participants through grass-roots and national level fundraising. The program has been recognized for its excellence and impact by members of Congress, senior Department of Defense officials, and the United States Tennis Association.

More information on the Wounded Warrior Tennis Program is available at www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org and www.facebook.com/sdwoundedwarriorstennis