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HONOR OUR HEROES

A Spotlight on the Heroes Among Us BY CHRISTY BARONI • PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H Did you know that there are silent heroes among us? In Beaufort County alone there are upwards of 18,000 veterans living right here. Your next door neighbor, a small business owner, a college student, a working professional… they may no longer wear a uniform, but each veteran has a story and a permanent place on the landscape of our hearts. One such veteran is Jake Walsh. You may find him on the USCB campus where he is an undergrad Liberal Arts student. You might find him planning his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Shannon. You may also find him walking his dogs, Murph and Tillee, or lifting weights at the gym. But if you take a moment to get to

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know him, you’ll find a true American treasure with a heart for giving back to the veteran community in a real and tangible way. He is the President and co-founder of the Honor Our Heroes Foundation (HOH) along with Joe Mezera who is co-founder and treasurer. Their goal is to alleviate veterans’ stress and to honor their enduring sacrifices. They aim to connect service members and their families with life skills and resources necessary to thrive in civilian life. To hear Jake tell it, he was very fortunate during his transition back to civilian life. After spending 6 ½ years as an Army Medic, he found himself a civilian with no more team and no more structure. Today he is very much

a student of mindfulness and humility. He understands from experience that everything is teachable to those who are willing to learn. And he is ready to share all he learned during his own rough, yet successful, transition. “If life is easier for even one person, then it’s all been worth it.” – Jake Walsh, Co-Founder He has identified the three primary goals of the Honor Our Heroes Foundation: • Short term financial assistance for emergency situations • Small business grants to veteran owned businesses • Access to Neuro-feedback through Brain Training at BrainCore of the Lowcountry.

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