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As a veteran who has worked in the nonprofit arena for many years, Hank has always been devoted to the betterment of those who have served our nation. His leadership experience as an officer in the U.S. Army has exposed him to many types of adversity and as a result, Hank has developed a keen ability to observe obstacles and quickly implement solutions to resolve them. Rarely does he take time to himself, often giving up weekends to participate in community events all over the state. However, his affinity for helping people extends further than the work he does at USA Cares; he is always the first to lend a helping hand when anyone needs it. An example of his willingness to help others was during the 2011 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention, when Hank was called upon to put together a fishing excursion for the Medal of Honor recipients. Hank executed a first class event on a private lake with fishing guides for all of the attendees, food vendors and other activities, because it was his priority to go above and beyond in creating such a memorable event for this special group of veterans.

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Hank's personal mission is to support and assist as many veterans and active duty military that he can. He works tirelessly to meet with corporations and other nonprofits to develop strategies to improve the lives of veterans, active duty service members and their families.

Hank's leadership and guidance has empowered the volunteers and staff to help change the lives of well over 3,000 veterans and active duty service members in his tenure at USA Cares. Every veteran that he interacts with is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

What I admire most is his "never give up" attitude, because it is contagious and it inspires those around him to do as much as possible to help the individuals USA Cares serves.

A donation of $50,000.00 would be used across the following program areas: (1) Combat Injured, (2) Career Transition (3) Emergency Assistance and (4) Housing Assistance. Depending on the individual's needs, the funds would assist 40-50 veterans, active service members and their families. Combat Injured Assistance - Enables veterans diagnosed with PTSD, TBI and MST by removing financial barriers to attend treatment. The program covers basic needs such as housing, food and utilities while the veteran receives the treatment he/she needs. Career Transition - Provides assistance to veterans who are seeking employment by removing barriers to employment. Items considered for this program can include tools required to start a new career and fuel for travel to interviews. Emergency Assistance - The program pays immediate, essential bills such as food and utilities. Our focus is on cases where the financial stress is related to military service. Housing Assistance - The program provides help with foreclosure and eviction prevention. Families seeking help are required to attend free budget counseling before any grant assistance is awarded.

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