HERoes in Deed is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization inspired by the memory of our HERo, Army Lieutenant Colonel Jaimie E. Leonard, who was killed in Aghanistan on June 8, 2013. Jaimie's drive to make the world a better place is the force behind our mission. We are committed to honoring active military and veterans through community-driven outreach and engagement at the local level. OUR VISION: We enable communities to expand their duties as citizens by strengthening local citizen and veteran bonds, creating sustainable initiatives to educate and involve community members, and developing a framework for the continuation of Jaimie's vision through community service and action.
In an article she wrote for her home town paper in Warwick, New York on Memorial Day 2010, Jaimie wrote …“…Remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country in war, but also honor those others who sacrifice in other ways to make this country great – law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, volunteers, etc. Please honor them in deed and not just giving thanks, parades, or planting flowers or flags on graves. Take measure of what have you done for your country and ask yourself if you could do more.”
Support HERoes in Deed with a donation today! Your generous donation will enable us to make a difference as we build bonds between local military HERoes and the communities where they live and work, starting in Jaimie's hometown of Warwick, NY, and expanding to other communities in the future.
Communities Serving Those Who Serve
Every year, with the help of our sponsors, we host a 5k and 10k race, as well as a kids fun run, in Warwick, NY, in memory of Jaimie. This is an opportunity for us to honor our local veterans as well as promote fitness for everyone.
Jaimie valued education and never stopped learning. HERoes in Deed provides scholarships each year to deserving Warwick High School students in Jaimie’s memory. Clicking on Jaimie’s photo above will take you to our Scholarships page where you can learn more.
VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Our goal is to enable local Veterans to share their stories by pairing them with community members willing to conduct interviews and just listen!