About Moving Veterans Forward
Moving Veterans Forward was founded by Ron Hernandez from Omaha, Nebraska. He now dedicates a large part of his time helping homeless Veterans in Iowa and Nebraska to get placed in homes.
The Veteran’s Administration out of Omaha notifies him of pending placements and Ron begins to move them in and find the necessities that they need. A large part of our endeavors is collecting furniture, clothing and other household items. The main goal is to give these veterans the boost that they need to turn themselves around to become self-sufficient.
Moving Veterans Forward relies completely on volunteers and everything that is collected is donated from homes locally. Thanks to social media like Facebook with community links, the support from our area has been overwhelming. Every little bit helps, but there is so much more to be done.
The purpose of the Fund is to encourage, solicit, receive and use charitable contributions and the income derived there from (even to the point of exhaustion of principal) in support of the current and future needs of Moving Veterans Forward. The future needs of Moving Veterans Forward may include but not limited to purchasing furniture, food, renting storage units, maintaining vehicle expenses and reimbursement of mileage.
Thank you to everyone who has assisted with this mission.
We Are Expanding!
The need to help our veterans continues to grow, and we are growing to try to meed the need. The word of our mission is continuing to grow, and more donations are coming in. This has been such a blessing for the veterans as they move into their own homes.
Here are photos of the construction work we did the last weekend of July to add more storage space for our donations. The construction work was all done by volunteers. Some of the veterans we have moved in the past were here helping as well.
We all enjoyed donuts in the morning, and Chick-fil-A provided lunch for all the volunteers. This was a big project, and the result of so many people who were willing to help us out. Thank you to all who were there to help and thank you to all who have supported us with donations and in other ways.
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Ron Hernandez Receives Jefferson Award
The local Fox television network has a monthly award for outstanding community service, and the December winner was CCC member Ron Hernandez. Here is the article as it appears on their website.
December 2016 Jefferson Award winner: Ron Hernandez
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42 KPTM) –
Ron Hernandez isn’t your average Joe.
He served in the army for 25 years, broke his back and leg and suffered a head injury.
However, he says his injuries don’t slow him down one bit. Instead, they motivate him.”That’s just my calling, to serve the community,” Hernandez said. That’s why he started a group called Moving Veterans Forward in April of 2011. He says if no one else will help, he will.
Every week, he moves homeless veterans into their new apartments with his truck. He also gets donations, like furniture and dishes, and keeps them in storage. That way, every veteran will have a fully furnished apartment at no charge.
“I feel that it’s something that needs to be done,” Hernandez said. “In five and a half years, we’ve moved 722 veterans.”
He says that number will grow in the new year, but he has another plan up his sleeve; he wants to create a hangout spot for veterans. Hernandez hopes his ideas will inspire others across the nation.