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Joe Leal: Local Hero

Joe Leal: Local Hero

Retired Sergeant Joe Leal is a survivor. He experienced homelessness as a youth, served in the U.S. Army in the Bosnian and Iraq wars for four years, where he was injured, and has helped veterans and their families transition from combat to civilian life for the past 13 years. In 2010, he founded Vet Hunters Project (VHP), dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness among veterans. VHP’s efforts have provided housing to more than 1,200 vets and their families.

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Stephanie Bravo: Local Hero

Stephanie Bravo: Local Hero

Stephanie Bravo is co-founder and president of StudentMentor.org, a social media platform that has connected over 20,000 college students and adult mentors. She met with President Obama and White House officials in 2012, to launch a partnership designed to improve college completion and prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow. Stephanie is also a fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute.