There are many different organizations in the central Texas community in which veterans serve veterans.
Rolando Hernandez, Tyrone Richardson and Jacob Romero are three such people in the service of their siblings.
“A lot of times we have veterans who, once they get home, don’t really know what they can apply for,” Hernandez said. “Often, they find it difficult to reintegrate into the community. “
Hernandez holds leadership positions for veterans organizations – such as the Heart of Texas Marine Corps, the American Legion, and the VFW. He served from 2000 to 2012 in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Marines love to be around other Marines,” Hernandez said. “So we started fighting with each other and helping each other, and I firmly believe that helped me to volunteer for things. “
He said that the members of these organizations have special ties.
“There are a lot of things that vets can only talk to other vets about, that they understand,” Hernandez said.
Tyrone Richardson served from 1995 to 2003. He is a member of the Wounded Warriors Project and the DAV.
Jacob Romero served from 2007 to 2013, and now he’s part of the Marine Corps League and leading the Waco Silkies invasion.
“The camaraderie, the friendships you earn, the people, the way you can bring camaraderie to people who otherwise would have just stayed at home,” Romero said.
They say Veterans Day is an opportunity for all who have served – no matter where, when or what they are doing now – to be thanked and recognized.
“Thank you to all of our brothers and sisters who served,” Romero said. “I know you don’t hear it enough. I will say that I love each of you with my heart. Whether we’ve met or not, it’s amazing.
And a time for all veterans to come together.
“One day we all tease each other, all the branches are teasing each other, it’s a fun and loving fellowship. A brotherhood, a brotherhood, it’s just the nature of being a veteran, ”said Richardson.