Moving Veterans Forward lose ‘backbone of operation'

After their 30-year-old truck breaks down
Posted at 10:38 PM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 23:47:22-04

A local non-profit that helps homeless veterans needs help after their truck broke down. Moving Veterans Forward has been assisting local service men and woman move into new homes for the past six years.

“Everyone has a passion, with animals or domestic violence, my passion is taking care of homeless veterans,” said founder Ron Hernandez.

Hernandez, who is a war veteran, started Moving Veterans Forward and has helped more than 800 homeless veterans.

“These guys served our country, they sacrificed their lives to protect us and it is the right thing to do,” said Hernandez.

The organization’s warehouse is full of donated household items that will be donated as a veteran is moving into their new place. But with their truck down, nothing can be delivered.

“The truck is the backbone of the non-profit,” said Hernandez.

He said they were supposed to move some veterans into new homes on Tuesday, but had no way to deliver their stuff.

“It killed me, that we had to not move these veterans into their homes,” he said. “We are in a crisis right now.”

The risk of the operation has Hernandez worried, the truck had previous damage from an accident last year and he has a warehouse full of furniture, kitchenware, and peace of mind that might now be put to a stop.

“I am afraid that those donations are going to dry up and people will go to another organization and I don't want the veterans worrying I am not going to be there,” said Hernandez.

He said he hasn’t decided if it’s worth fixing the old truck or just try to get a new one, but either way he needs help from the community.

Hernandez doesn’t want a GoFundMe started but there is a way to donate through the Midlands Community Foundation by clicking here.