The five members of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors each named a ‘citizen of the year’ Dec. 9 at the board’s last regular meeting of 2021.

Molly Brooks

Molly Brooks, founder of the Hero’s Bridge nonprofit, was Cedar Run District Supervisor Rick Gerhardt’s choice for the honor. “She’s done a remarkable job with this organization and she’s helped so many elderly veterans in times of need,” he said.

The organization works to provide services like home repairs, assistance with applying to government programs and mental health support to local military veterans. Recently, the organization announced it was coordinating government agencies and other nonprofits to fund construction of a “village” of “tiny homes” for low-income veterans.

“Looking back on the last five years and all the progress we have made in caring for our older veterans, it is clear to me that I was in the right place to start this movement,” said Brooks, who could not be present at the board meeting but issued a written statement. “I believe a community can be judged by how it treats its children and elderly and Mr. Gerhardt and the entire board of supervisors have been so very supportive since day one.” Read about each awardee.