2020 Veteran Hero Awards
Apolonio "Apple" E. Muñoz III
Veteran Advocate/Case Manager/Social Worker or Caregiver
Organization National Veterans Foundation
Position Community Outreach Coordinator
Apolonio “Apple” E. Muñoz III CPSS, a disabled US Army Combat Veteran with one tour in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. Apple as he is known by many, has been linked to the Veteran Community throughout Southern California since 2008, shortly after moving to the area from South Texas where he was born and raised. He is an openly gay Veteran (honorably discharged in 2004 under DADT) and has dedicated most of his adult life to being a peer advocate for All of his fellow Brothers and Sisters in Arms. Apple’s day job consists of directing the Outreach Program with the National Veterans Foundation (NVF), as their Community Outreach Coordinator. In this role he is the public face of the NVF’s Outreach efforts throughout Southern California. In addition to providing services and information on our “Lifeline for Vets” crisis hotline, Apple you can be found representing the NVF at various Stand Downs & Veteran Job & Resource Fairs throughout Southern California, as well as meeting with various public officials as he works to combat Veteran Homelessness. In September 2017, Apple was appointed to the Lived Experience Advisory Board (LEAB) at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) representing the Service Planning Area 7 communities (where he lives) as well as the Veterans & LGBT sub-populations county-wide. Through the LEAB he has the ear of the policy makers, sharing first-hand experience and knowledge on what it is like to be homeless in Los Angeles. Some of the work he has done is advise the City and County of LA on how to align their current programs & services with thew needs of the community, he was recently interviewed to be featured in LAHSA’s revamped DV training for new & current service providers. Apple is a Licensed Life & Health Insurance Agent contracted with several reputable providers (part-time), a Certified Veteran Peer Support Specialist, an ASIST Certified Suicide Prevention Specialist, a VA Certified Community Integration Specialist, and is also certified in Mental Health First Aid. He has also received numerous recognitions from local non-profits, the State of California, LA County, and the US Congress for his advocacy and work with the LGBT & Veteran Communities. But that is not all: he’s a volunteer, advisor and board member with several local, regional and national LGBT and Veteran non-profits.