Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran ShaDonna McPhaul, who founded an organization dedicated to helping homeless Veterans.
February is African American History Month. Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay served in Afghanistan.
ShaDonna McPhaul’s family has a history of military service. Her grandfather, stepfather, aunt, uncle and cousins all served in the military. When McPhaul graduated from Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1996, she continued the family tradition of military service by joining the Air Force.
During her 20 years of service in the Air Force, McPhaul served as an administrative professional. She found resources to solve problems for peers, subordinates, and leaders in her chain of command. Her first assignment was Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. McPhaul also served at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Joint Base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. She deployed overseas to bases in South Korea, Germany, Kuwait, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.
In 2013, while she was stationed in Hawaii, McPhaul saw homeless Veterans in the streets and was concerned about the situations of Veterans. She started to use her skills as an information specialist to help homeless Veterans fill out paperwork for their post-service benefits. Working with the Veterans inspired her to start an organization dedicated to helping Veterans with the struggles of homelessness and navigating civilian life. She started Mo’s Heroes while in the service. Mo’s Heroes provides services to reintegrate homeless Veterans into the civilian labor force and help Veterans overcome the challenges in the transition to civilian life.
After retiring from the Air Force in December 2017, McPhaul returned to Fayetteville works as a customer service contact representative.
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Writer: Sarah Concepcion
Graphic artist: Deanna Cannon