New organization in Berkeley County aims to give back to veterans, responders

West Virginia

A new organization in Berkeley County aims to give back to veterans and responders. 

They go by the name ‘Honor Alliance,’ a charity foundation located at The Hub on Burke Street in Martinsburg, initially formed to serve the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Aaron May of Martinsburg says he’s thinks it’s great that the group is providing a space to reconnect with the struggles of daily life. 

“My mother and father were both in the military and they both came out of the military a little rough,” said May. “They didn’t have many resources to network.” 

Co-founders Simone and Kenneth Hawthorne started the organization when the husband and wife duo said they went through a roller coaster of PTSD. Kenneth was a combat veteran. 

Lizet Nelson works in Martinsburg. Her son has been in the Air force, active duty for six years. As a mother, she supports an organization that is providing another type of assistance. 

“I think that’s a great service that the community is offering because from my perspective, I think that it shouldn’t be a closed group,” said Nelson. “I think it should be an open group because you may not have a veteran in your family, but you may want to help them in some form of capacity.”

The PTSD group meets every Tuesday at the Hub at 4:30 p.m. They are located on 126 East Burke St. in Martinsburg.

Some of the other programs that this organization provides includes business consulting, job seeking services as well as computer literacy. 

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