Title: Foundation Administrator
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
J. Paul Montgomery, Foundation Administrator at Hero’s, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in faith services and philanthropic endeavors.
When contemplating careers, Mr. Montgomery found there weren’t many opportunities as an African American living in the south, but, he saw that joining the U.S. Army was an incredible opportunity that could build his skills and livelihood. He joined the army in 1959 and served until 1980, receiving the rank of E-7. During his time in service, he worked in army intelligence from 1966 to 1972 and as a recruiter up until 1984. While in Vietnam, Mr. Montgomery directed combat operations at the company level, a position which required him to coordinate with infantry, engineers and other combat elements that included attack helicopters and tactical forces. His tank company was highly successful, decorated and honored as the top tank company during the ordeal. His company received a Presidential Unit Citation for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Going above and beyond the call of duty is exactly what Mr. Montgomery does in every endeavor. With the support of his military background, he received an Associate of Arts from Columbia College in 1980 and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1986. As a recruiter, most of the people he enlisted were Caucasian males because other ethnicities were not performing well on their exams. He knew the value the military had brought into his own life, and once he became a civilian, founded his organization which mentors young students from families with less than $50,000 in income annually in an afterschool program. He wanted to help children who didn’t have the capabilities to attend college. He founded Hero’s in 1995. Furthermore, Mr. Montgomery is a Baptist Minister. In his career, he has received such accolades as a Vietnam Service Medal, a Defense Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal with Bronze 5 Loops, the Army Commendation Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal and the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
At Hero’s, the goal remains to reach at-risk students to guide them, and ensure a better future. To do this, Hero’s needs support from the broader communities. Please see the website at Herosclub.org.
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