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Volunteer Spotlight: Chrys Morris

Volunteer Spotlight: Chrys Morris

  At the time of our call, Chrys Morris was packing up brownies and peanut cookies for the veterans and residents at the Villa at Suffield Meadows. Exposure to COVID-19 had her miss the monthly social hour hosted by Hero’s Bridge and VFW Post 9835 later that day,...

About VALOR Home’s Al “Doc” Kincaid

About VALOR Home’s Al “Doc” Kincaid

Al Kincaid was drafted into the military in the 1960s. Born and raised in Alaska, he attended college in southern California. “The Army and Marine Corps were drafting people to Vietnam. I didn’t want to do either, so I joined the Navy to see the world. I spent four...

Behind the Brick: Warrenton VFW Post 9835

Behind the Brick: Warrenton VFW Post 9835

On May 19, 1948, 90 local World War I and II veterans banded together as Charter members of the Fauquier County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9835 in Warrenton, Virginia.  In April 1974, the Post was re-named in honor of WWII veteran (and past Post Commander)...

Hero’s Bridge Connects Elderly Veterans With Care

Hero’s Bridge Connects Elderly Veterans With Care

Molly Brooks wasn’t at her father’s side when he died in 2016. It’s a memory that continues to haunt her. A 23-year career military retiree and Vietnam veteran, Raymond Gustin USMC, MSgt, suffered from the effects of Agent Orange exposure. He was 71 when he went to...

“I’m Sorry, But We’ve Lost Charlie”

“I’m Sorry, But We’ve Lost Charlie”

A small bottle of Evan Williams bourbon and a pumpkin pie sit on the table; a gift waiting to be given to an aging veteran. Our volunteers don't usually bring alcohol to veterans but in Charlie's case it kept him from paying an unscrupulous "friend" $50 to bring him a...

April Newsletter: A Note from Molly

April Newsletter: A Note from Molly

This was such an exciting month for us! We welcomed eighteen new veterans to our services which is a record number for us. One of our combat Vietnam veterans was also gifted a new roof by a local construction company. This is significant to us for several reasons....

March Newsletter: A Note From Molly

March Newsletter: A Note From Molly

As an organization that serves aging veterans, many of the people we help are men who served in WWII, the Korean War, and/or the Vietnam War. Many, but not all. Over the years, we have featured female veterans who have had groundbreaking careers during their service....

December Newsletter: A Note From Molly

December Newsletter: A Note From Molly

The holiday season is challenging. While in our personal lives, we are fortunate to have family and friends who love us and surround us to celebrate the holidays, our work with Hero's Bridge reveals a much lonelier side of the season. Our aging veterans returned home...

November Newsletter: A Note From Molly

November Newsletter: A Note From Molly

Every day the Hero’s Bridge team demonstrates our thanks and gratitude for our veterans. We do this with many simple acts of kindness: a birthday card, a coloring page, assistance with groceries, and more. These simple acts are to help make days easier, less lonely,...

October Newsletter: A Note from Molly

October Newsletter: A Note from Molly

Every day is Veterans Day at Hero's Bridge, however we are always grateful at this time of year when the nation takes time to recognize and honor all Veterans who have so honorably served. We will be spending special one-on-one time with many of our veterans that week...

September Newsletter: A Note From Molly

September Newsletter: A Note From Molly

We have lost 7 of the veterans we serve since June. It is always difficult to learn that a veteran, who we cannot reach during our welfare checks, has passed away. But it also serves to remind us that right up until the very end of their lives, we offer help. This is...

August Newsletter: A Note From Molly

August Newsletter: A Note From Molly

At Hero's Bridge, the majority of our requests for assistance are to help Vietnam Veterans. That war had special circumstances that left more damage in its wake than previous conflicts. A lengthy war spanning several presidents and cabinets. Politicians making...

July Newsletter: A Note From Molly

July Newsletter: A Note From Molly

Summer is still in full swing and so are our Village plans. We are excited to continue promoting our brick fundraiser for all of our supporters to leave their mark on the Village. I would like to extend a special thanks to our Running for Hero's partners, Bobby Brooks...

June Newsletter: A Note From Molly

June Newsletter: A Note From Molly

In April, a three-war veteran died at age 96 in the comfort of his historic farm home with his wife by his side. Not every older veteran has sunset years as comfortable as he did. Too many of our aging veterans end their lives living in substandard housing conditions...

May Newsletter: A Note From Molly

May Newsletter: A Note From Molly

As the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, military recognition days are on my radar. Each year remembrance days from each of our nation's battles has me thinking of the soldiers who lost their lives in wars and skirmishes throughout the years and throughout the world. I...

April Newsletter: A Note from Molly

April Newsletter: A Note from Molly

There is finality in everything we do at Hero's Bridge. We know that we are serving these veterans in their final moments. In some cases, even their twilight years have passed and they are simply waiting to pass away. It isn't easy to accept. In the five years since...

March Newsletter: A Note from Molly

March Newsletter: A Note from Molly

Our team members and volunteers have done their fair share of running around lately...and I mean that both figuratively and literally! Our veterans could always use an extra hand and maybe some help around their house. Many of them live in old homes that show their...