OXFORD, MA – Hometown Bank’s Everyday Hometown Hero for June, veteran William H. Moore is the ideal honoree as we approach the July 4th holiday.
Serving in the United States Air Force as a crash rescue firefighter in the 1970’s, Bill and his fellow firefighters successfully rescued two pilots from a burning F-111. Injured in the process and honorably discharged in 1980 with a service-connected disability, Bill was granted full disability by the Veterans Administration in 2007. Since that time, Bill has volunteered countless hours supporting veterans and their families.
First, he produced and hosted the Route 9 Veterans Forum cable access show with viewership in over 100 New England communities, informing veterans how to access services. In 2010, Bill was inspired by a website for a Minnesota organization called Project New Hope that provided free weekend retreats for veterans and their families. Bill liked the idea, contacted the founders and was invited out to see their program in action.
In January 2011, he formed the Massachusetts chapter of Project New Hope, Inc. Building upon the concept of weekend retreats, Bill tailored each retreat to a theme — Women Veterans, Male Veterans, Veterans and families, Military Sexual Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), LGBTQ and Gold Star and Surviving Family Retreats. Project New Hope retreats were so successful that first year in Massachusetts that veterans in surrounding states started to take notice.
Now, the retreats are offered for free to veterans throughout New England and their families. They are open to all eras of veterans where rank takes a backseat to bonding over their common experiences, with an emphasis on reconnecting with civilian life, spouses and families. Sports activities and workshops are staffed by unpaid volunteers, most of whom have some military connection. Workshops range from yoga and meditation to counseling sessions with special programs for children of veterans. In addition, Bill goes above and beyond with care packages for the troops, toy and school supply drives for the children of military families. “Bill puts 100%+ into everything he does supporting our veterans, military members and their families as well as families of fallen soldiers and strives to continue to help them on a daily basis,” said Tracy Vaillancourt, who nominated Moore for the recognition.
“We congratulate Bill on his selection and thank him not only for his service to our country but to the many veterans who have also served,” said Hometown Bank President and CEO, Michael D. Hewitt. In addition to a $100.00 honorarium, Hometown Bank has made a $100.00 donation to Project New Hope, Inc. of Massachusetts.