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  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    Huling house project

    Roof and HVAC Repair 

    Dispute sparks over construction work at Albuquerque Home
    Mischelle Huling showed KRQE News 13 why she says her northeast Albuquerque home is now a hazard, pointing to water damage and mold.

    “It’s not a good healthy condition to be living in, but we try to manage. There’s nowhere else for us to go,” Huling said.

    ​She’s a veteran, dealing with everything from back pains to PTSD and insomnia as a result, and says the family can’t afford to be staying in a hotel.

    Group steps in to help Albuquerque veteran with roof troubles.

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)– Relief for one local veteran whose home improvement nightmare is coming to an end.
    Mischelle Huling is getting a new roof from local companies through a group called Heroes Walk Among Us.
    Huling claims a local roofer ripped her off, leaving her with an unfinished roof. The roofer denies those claims, but when Heroes Walk Among Us heard about Huling’s situation, they decided to lend a helping hand.

    The Story about Sgt. Huling
    In February 2017, Sgt. Huling came to Heroes Walk Among Us looking for assistance to repair the roof of her families home. Due to a dishonest contractor, Sgt. Huling paid for a roof that made her home a liability to her family and their health. Sgt. Huling is 100% disabled by the VA and needed our help, and HWAU had the honor to help our sister in arms.

    HWAU stepped in and help this veterans family and with the help of our local business, we replaced this roof, AC ducting, and minor electrical problems caused by the leaking roof. 

    HWAU efforts gave this disabled veteran and her family $15,000.00 in repairs to her roof and approximately $5,000.00 in heating, AC and electrical repairs.  

    Thank you, to all the companies that helped our Veteran and your donations.  

    K-Ram Roofing 
    RSG Roofing Supply
    Libo Electric & Construction
    TLC Heating and Plumbing

  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    Cielo Azul Elementary student has a giving heart

    Cielo Azul Elementary School donated 30 large boxes of food for our veterans food pantry.




    Cielo Azul Elementary School donated 30 large boxes of food for our veterans food pantry. 

    We gave all the teachers awards and the the kids an ice cream social.

  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    Rio Rancho Purple heart momument

    Purple Heart Monument Dedication 

    Rio Rancho - Rio Rancho Observer - 2012
    The red-granite monument is a gift from the veterans assistance organization "What Would u Give" to the MIlitary Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 176 in thanks for the chapters help. It's at the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park on Pinetree Rd. Chartered by congress in 1959, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Metal for wounds suffered in combat. 

    In a ceremony Saturday, What Would U Give? founder and veteran Shane D’Onofrio was scheduled to officially present the monument to the Purple Heart chapter. Chapter members have been providing food, clothes, help at the homeless shelter and other support for the veterans under the care of the assistance organization, D’Onofrio said. “Some of these guys served 50, some 60, years ago, and they’re still serving today,” he said. Affordable Markers in California, agreed to make the monument. The company paid the $25,000 cost, from cutting the granite to shipping.
    It was an honor to be able to donate this monument to Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 176.



  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    Sergeant Betsey Ross Induction to Army Ceremony

    First Service dog on active duty. 
    Sergent Betsy Ross. 

  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    Motor home donation

    Navy Veteran Gives More Than The Shirt off His Back with The Help of Local Towing Company to Help Fellow Serviceman

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    A familiar non-Profit organization & popular local small business deserve community attention again.  Danlar Towing recently partnered with Heroes Walk Among Us to provide housing for one of America’s “Heroes”. 
    Rio Rancho, New Mexico October 2, 2013 – Thanks to the perseverance of Shane D’Onofrio (Founder, Heroes Walk Among Us) and the earnest efforts of Danlar (Collision, Towing, Recovery), another veteran family in New Mexico is provided with adequate housing.  On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Danlar Towing of Albuquerque, NM generously accepted D’Onofrio’s request for services to transport, by means of towing, a 34’ Itasca motorhome from Rio Rancho to Raton, New Mexico.
    Shane D’Onofrio (HWAU founder) continues to advance his mission of providing temporary housing and a plethora of other services to assist veterans.  Upon discovering an Army 4th Infantry Vietnam veteran & wife were living in a leaky, less than safe 6’x8’ pull trailer, D’Onofrio relentlessly sought a means to transport the “34’ Itasca house on wheels” to the Raton couple.  After contacting about a dozen towing facilities in the Albuquerque area, none of which were interested in helping, Mr. D’Onofrio called Chris Chavez at Danlar Towing.  Mr. Chavez, general manager of Towing- Danlar, was, without hesitation eager to accept the giant task.      
    Rex Thurman, a two-year Danlar employee, explained, “knowing I was a veteran, Chris came to me to see if I would be interested in doing the job”.  “I immediately accepted,” expressed Thurman, a 21-year Army infantry veteran.  The approximate 450 mile roundtrip task encompassed the entire day and coincidently, the 34’ motorhome was delivered to an Army Infantry veteran by another.  Yet another noble deed rewardingly accomplished by D’Onofrio’s efforts.    
    Mr. Shane D’Onofrio is known as the “Go To Guy” for veterans in Rio Rancho.  Shane functions as the CEO overseeing the daily management & operations of Heroes Walk Among Us (HWAU), (a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization).  Additionally, D’Onofrio personally contacts community businesses to discuss how both can work together to improve the lives of veterans in need;labors to seek funding for the organization; service providers for the veterans; and obtains food, clothing & hygiene products to hand out to veterans on the street.  “We have seen so many lives changed for the better”, expresses D’Onofrio.
    Heroes Walk Among Us (HWAU) presently has various successful programs in place; the New Mexico Veteran Resource Center (NMVRC), “Made by a Vet” and “Wheels4vets” (just to name a few).  A generous donation to “Wheels4vets” enabled HWAU to provide a home to a veteran in need.  The goal of HWAU is to provide services through a continuum of care to all veterans in need in New Mexico and make a difference in the lives of veterans who so selflessly served this country and gave so much. 

  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    National model aviation day 2016

    Helping veterans learn the joys of flying model aircraft.

     Model Air Planes

    National Model Aviation Day 2016

    National Model Aviation Day 2016

    HWAU gives veterans the opportunity to fly model aircraft.

    ​Albuqueruqe - HWAU - 2016, the west side of Albuquerque, Heroes Walk Among Us and Hobby Proz gave New Mexico Veterans the opportunity to watch and participate in flying single engine model air craft. The hobby helps with focus and concentration allowing veteran an outlet to recover from stresses in their lives. We had a great show and thank everyone for their support. 



  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    Veteran Loses home in fire

    Floyd Molina Home Project 

    A disabled veteran is homeless after a fire destroyed his home in northeast Albuquerque, but that’s only half the story.

    Floyd Molina’s home sat on property he rents and has been told the charred mess needs to go soon. The disabled vet served in the army for nearly 20 years but now his mementos from his time in the service are gone, his awards and medals.

    “Feels like a nightmare, you know?” says Molina

    Molina’s story and the need to clear his charred house from the lot he rents caught the attention of local group Heroes Walk Among Us. “We heard about Floyd’s house burning down,” said Shane D’Onofrio, founder of Heroes Walk Among Us. “You have to have community support and veteran’s support to do this.”

    D’Onofrio rallied volunteers and local businesses to help demolish the home and excavate the property. Molina said each load that was carried away was a load off of his shoulders.

    More than four months after his home was ravaged by fire, disabled veteran Floyd Molina has a place to call his own.

    All the companies who helped out.


  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    Wheels4vets gives Veteran a vehicle

    Disabled Veteran and his family receive a vehicle from HWAU.

    Non Profit give big to veteran
    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – 
    A veteran who is new to New Mexico got a big gift from a local organization.

    Disabled veteran Leigh Pavone served in the Army for four years. While in Iraq, Pavone suffered multiple setbacks including broken bones and PTSD.
    He recently moved his family to Rio Rancho and they were in desperate need of a vehicle.
    That’s when “Heroes Walk among Us” stepped in and gave him a car.
    “At the time we were borrowing a friend’s car and it wasn’t working out very well. But we were making due. Now things will be a lot easier for us I think,” said Pavone.
    This is the third vehicle this year the organization has given to vets in need.




    Rio Ranch, NM - HWAU - 2016
    Leigh Pavone and his wife accepting the vehicle that Heroes Walk Among Us donated to the family. We want to thank everyone that helped make this possible.

  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:29 AM | Anonymous

    Paralyzed Veteran Sidewalk Pour

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  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    Troops and families first

    Feeding Our Troops

    Albuquerque, NM - HWAU - 2013
    In the mist of government shortfalls and the shutdown of our nations government, the lowest ranking service members and their families are the ones that are hardest hit. Heroes Walk Among Us and the Road Runner Food Bank teamed up to deliver over two tons of food to the New Mexico Army National Guard. Our efforts made sure that every E-6 and below and their families received 50 lbs. of food to tide them over till they could receive their paycheck. We thank Road Runner Food Bank with your support. We helped our active duty members 



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Heroes Walk Among us Past Projects

Heroes Walk Among Us has been serving the Albuquerque Metro and New Mexico veterans for 8 years now. Over 4000 veterans and their families have pass through our doors looking for services, donating time, and looking out for our veterans. Here is a list of our projects that we have finished over the last 8 years.












816 San Mateo Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

PHONE: 505-217-2230


Heroes Walk Among Us is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 6601 4th St NW Suite G Albuquerque, NM 87107
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