Board of Directors
Molly Brooks RN-BC, CHPCA
Molly Brooks is a registered nurse with over 23 years experience with specialty certifications in gerontology and hospice and palliative care. Throughout her professional and personal life, she has dedicated herself to caring for others, especially aging veterans.
Molly is the daughter of a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and is married to an Army Desert Storm veteran. Her personal knowledge of the military life helped her discover many unmet needs in the aging veteran population. Molly also witnessed, first-hand, the devastating medical effects Agent Orange had on her father. The idea behind Hero’s Bridge stemmed from her desire to assist older veterans. She collaborated with her co-worker, David Benhoff, to solidify the plan for the organization, which ultimately led to Hero’s Bridge inception.
Molly’s guiding principle is “No RED TAPE” which is why she is so focused on providing quick, effective help to those Hero’s Bridge serves. To Molly, helping those in need is a passion, not simply a profession. She believes these heroes are national treasures and this is Hero’s Bridge’s duty is to fight for them. Molly, her husband, and four boys are all involved with Hero’s Bridge and are longtime residents of Southern Fauquier County.
David Benhoff Lt. Col/USMC (retired)
David Benhoff is a retired Marine Corps officer with over 25 years of extensive service, including three combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Panama. He has a B.A. in history from Virginia Military Institute, a M.Ed. from Lynchburg College, and has published two books: Afghanistan: Alone and Unafraid and Among the People: US Marines in Iraq.
After retiring from the military in 2012, like so many other veterans it was time for him to discover his new life’s mission. Fate intervened and David found himself helping a Korean War veteran who was having difficulty navigating the VA system, managing his health care and some basic life needs. David read a job posting with a position dedicated to performing the same things for other aging veterans.
Through his personal and professional experience David was compelled to assist aging veterans who fought for our country and now need advocates themselves. This passion is what inspired him to participate and collaborate with co-founder Molly Brooks in forming Hero’s Bridge. Since the organization’s inception, David has focused his experience, time, and resources on assisting fellow veterans and their families in the most difficult of circumstances. He was instrumental in identifying and developing Hero’s Bridge core programs. His insight into the unique needs of our heroes is what compels everyone involved in our organization. David’s mission to provide aging veterans companionship, resources, and assistance with a variety of needs has integrated itself into every facet of Hero’s Bridge and our mission.
Rick Heppard is a Navy Veteran having served 22 years of combined Active and Reserve Duty, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2013. He was mobilized twice after 9/11 serving at the Pentagon in 2001 supporting the Joint Staff’s Targeting Division, and then in 2010 he was mobilized again for a tour in Afghanistan supporting a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Farah Province. While in Afghanistan he provided intelligence support for over 300 combat missions and cultural engagements.
Rick is also a Lead Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton having worked for the firm for over 20 years, supporting numerous National Agencies as a Senior Operations Intelligence subject matter expert.
Rick supports the community a member of Warrenton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9835, and volunteers as an Assistant Scout Master for Warrenton Troop 161 as an advisor for Scouts working on their requirements for Eagle Scout.
Rick became aware of Heroes Bridge through his connection with Molly Brooks’ husband who he met through their Son’s Scout troop. They would talk about Veterans issues while camping, and or while running through the county as they trained for numerous long distance races. Coming from a family of military veterans, and being an Afghanistan Veteran himself, he realized that there were numerous Veteran efforts focused on current Veteran’s but agreed not enough help and attention was being paid to our older Surviving WW II, Korean or Vietnam War Veterans.
He lives in Warrenton, VA with his wife and two children.
David M. Jones, CPA
David M. Jones is the managing and auditing and accounting partner in the certified public accounting firm of Nicholas, Jones & Co., PLC in Culpeper, Virginia. David has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Bridgewater College, and has 30 years in public accounting experience. He provides services to individuals, commercial, nonprofit, and governmental entities. He is a member of both the America Institute of CPAs and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. David provides a great deal of community service and also serves on the boards of other local organizations: Culpeper Wellness Foundation, Culpeper County Economic Development Committee, Eastern View High School Athletic Boosters, and the George Washington Carver Agricultural Research Center. He lives in Culpeper County with his wife and has three children and one grandchild.
John McCue, DO
Dr. John McCue is board certified in family practice, emergency medicine, and is a certified hospice medical director. After attending William Patterson University, New York University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, McCue served six years in the United States Air Force once he completed his residency.
He was stationed in southeast Asia, England, and stateside. While in the Air Force, Dr. McCue cared for the military community and gained knowledge of the issues active duty personnel and veterans face. Once Dr. McCue left military life, he embarked on new phase of life. He became the owner and sole practitioner of Mountainside Medicine in Washington, Virginia, and serves as a visiting physician for Capital Caring Hospice and is the medical director of palliative care at INOVA Fair Oaks. He is also the director of wound care at Birmingham Green in Manassas. Over the decades, Dr. McCue repeatedly cared for veterans who turned to him to obtain the care they needed and could not get through the VA system. This experience has instilled a passion about to create innovative ways to care for veterans. Dr. McCue became involved with Hero’s Bridge to assist in developing avenues in which the older heroes may obtain the services and care they need and deserve. Dr. McCue lives in Warrenton with his wife Susan, and they have two grown children.