Since its founding in 2009, UTH has been actively organizing GIs in the Ft. Hood/Killeen community. Here’s a short history of how all this happens behind the scenes, and who makes it all happen. We have so much gratitude and appreciation for the hard work over the years of UTH board members, staff, and volunteers.
The Fort Hood Support Network (FHSN) was incorporated in June 2008 with the purpose of opening Under the Hood. Cindy Thomas, Tom Cleaver, Jeff Segal, Alice Embree and Fran Clark were original board members charged with fundraising and locating space in Killeen. Cindy served as the first manager of UTH for three years after UTH opened in early 2009. Victor Agosto and Kyle Wesolowski, Fort Hood veterans, also served on the Board. Heidi Turpin joined the Board in 2012. Heidi and Alice served as the Operations Committee, taking on the day-to-day administrative tasks and work of fundraising and financial management.
In 2013, Heidi and Alice put out a call for to partner groups and allies for support and engagement in order to continue UTH operations. In response, individuals and organizations from within the US anti-war movement formed a new board and advisory committee with a commitment to work on an organizational development plan and visioning process, building on the existing strengths of UTH and providing for its long-term sustainability. For more info about those folks, see our Leadership page.
UTH has built a solid working relationship with organizations that serve servicemembers and veterans, such as Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and the Military Law Task Force. This relationship includes programs, trainings and day to day advise and input. Today, members of those organizations serve as staff and on the FHSN advisory committee.
The face, and heart, of our work is the staff person on the ground in Killeen.