About Us

The Need

Virginia ranks seventh in the nation in terms of the number of veterans living in the state. There are approximately 630,045 veterans in Virginia, which is approximately 10 percent of the population. Although there are many organizations which provide veterans assistance, our co-founders discovered most of these organizations provide assistance to younger veterans. The needs we identified were specific to older veterans who served in World War II, Korea and especially the Vietnam eras.

The Risk

Aging veterans are at a higher risk for experiencing various diseases and disorders due to their service. Senior veterans are stoic, proud individuals who are unfamiliar with reaching out for assistance, so our mission is to serve them. We recognize the needs of older veterans and they are very different compared to those of their younger counterparts, and this is precisely why we specialize in providing services to this particular demographic.

Hero’s Bridge is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to serving older veterans. We serve, stand by, and honor our veterans, age 65 and older, anywhere they live and at no expense to our heroes or their families.

Hero’s Bridge knows aging veterans are at a higher risk for experiencing various diseases and disorders due to their service. Senior veterans are stoic, proud individuals who are unfamiliar with reaching out for assistance, so our mission is to serve them. We recognize the needs of those we serve are very different compared to those of their younger counterparts, and this is precisely why we specialize in providing services to this particular demographic.

Virginia ranks seventh in the nation in terms of the number of veterans living in the state. There are approximately 630,045 veterans in this state, which is approximately 10 percent of the population. Although there are many organizations which provide veterans assistance, our co-founders discovered most of these entities provide assistance to younger veterans. We identified needs very specific to veterans who served in World War II, Korea, and especially the Vietnam eras.

The framework for Hero’s Bridge was developed by individuals who are experienced in professional healthcare services in a home setting as well as assisted living, nursing home, and hospital environment. Hero’s Bridge was co-founded by Molly Brooks, RN-BC, CHPCA and David Benhoff, USMC (ret.). Many of the individuals we serve are predisposed to poor social outcomes such as loneliness, poor nutrition, and lack of proper assistance with their personal and medical care; all due to their time spent in the military. Research has shown this particular group of veterans are predisposed to higher rates of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease due to their military career and exposures they experienced during their service, such as Agent orange. The co-founders, through their personal and professional experiences, witnessed how these unique challenges affect this population and created this organization to help the aging veterans.

Hero’s Bridge offers six distinct programs to assist with the most frequently found needs in this veteran population. We strive to improve outcomes in both elderly and younger veterans, simply by connecting younger veterans with older ones. This intergenerational approach yields an improved and more supportive existence for the volunteers and heroes we support. In essence we serve these veterans by creating a “bridge” to an improved quality of life.

Our Board of Directors

Molly Brooks, RN-BC, CHPCA
Molly Brooks, RN-BC, CHPCA
David Benhoff, LtCol. USMC (ret.)

David Benhoff, LtCol. USMC (ret.)

David M. Jones, CPA

David M. Jones, CPA

John McCue, DO

John McCue, DO