Over a three-day period in the beginning of May, Van D. Hipp Jr., a board member of the Norwegian American Foundation, was surprised to be honored with two awards from two well-respected non-profit organizations, The Salvation Army and the National Rural Health Association, for his years of service and volunteer work.
On May 4th, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), presented Mr. Hipp with the President’s Special Achievement Award. He received the special recognition for his ongoing efforts to improve rural health and for his support of the association. Mr. Hipp’s firm, American Defense International, Inc, specializes in developing and assisting in the implementation of a civilian application for innovations developed through the Armed Forces. He applies his expertise in telecommunications to improve application in telehealth for rural communities and works to improve and develop infrastructure, education, and health services in those communities.