Local Veterans Group Receives Contribution


A combat veteran who is determined to make a difference in his community by helping fellow veterans has received some contributions from a local business.

With tears in his eyes, combat veteran and director of A Combat Veteran’s Hope Norbie Lara received a $25,000 contribution for his non-profit group. The contribution will be paid out over the course of five years.

For Norbie, he says he knows what it is like to struggle to return to civilian life, after experiencing combat firsthand.

“I was severely injured in 2004 by a Rocket Propelled Grenade, which caused me to have extensive injuries and I was in a coma for two months,” said Lara.

For combat veterans like Lara and organization board leader Bill Goodreaw, it was a tough transition to return to the real world.

“So what we do as an organization,” said Lara, “we provide as many venues as possible to take the excuse from the veteran not leaving their home. So we do golfing events we do fishing events, we sponsor a softball team.”

When hearing about the work A Combat Veteran’s Hope was doing locally, Kenneth Hernandez, CEO of HR Mobile Services Inc., decided to step in and help.

“We wanted to see the impact ourselves,” said Hermandez, “We know we have local veterans coming back from wars and having to get involved and get back into the community.”

Hernandez said he hopes other local businesses will follow his lead. Lara said his organization is only a year old, and needs all the help it can get.

“It’s a Force Multiplier,” said Lara. “If I can change someone’s life and they can give back, they can do that for the next person.”

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