Here’s how you can help support local PTSD counseling efforts

Service dog with John Bailey, co-director of Camp Valor

The Birdwell Foundation San Antonio Chapter was nominated and selected as December’s “Pay It Forward award,” presented by local news station WOAI Channel 4 and the Carabin Law Firm.

This prestigious award is given to a San Antonio local non-profit organization that is making an immense difference in its community. In addition, a donation award of $1,000 was presented to the Birdwell Foundation. Gilbert Hernandez, the Birdwell Foundation San Antonio First Responder Director, accepted the award and was featured on the local evening news.

We had our first annual Camp Valor Christmas for the residents and their families on Dec. 20. It included food, games, AngelPaws Service Dogs and a special surprise visit from Blue Angel Santa.

The Foundation has a rifle raffle going on to help fund Camp Valor. The drawing is $5 per ticket for a shotgun, if you want tickets, please contact Matthew Marin National Director for First Responders at (832)561-9593.

Camp Valor is an in-house facility on 9.5 acres where we train our heroes how to cope with their PTSD symptoms and at the same time teach them life skills to keep their mind busy and also trades to help them earn incomes when they graduate the course.

WOAI Channel 4 check presentation to Gilbert Hernandez, East TX director


We do feed and house them the entire time they are there. To sponsor a veteran or first responder at the camp costs $200 a week. Any donation would be appreciated. Simply log on to to donate and leave a memo (badge and Gun/camp valor). These Heroes risked their lives for us overseas and at home let’s be there for them in their time of need.

The Hometown Heroes 2nd Annual Event will take place in Alvin Texas on March 26. This event is our yearly event where we raise money to help local heroes in need and also Camp Valor. There will be a car show/ motorcycle show, vendors, lots of drawings throughout the day, activities for the kids and also a live concert by Soldier Hard, who is a artist who sings about recovery, war and PTSD awareness.

Please if you want to participate in any way, contact Matthew Marin, National Director for First Responders, at (832)561-9593. We need volunteers, vendors and participants to enter the car and motorcycle show.

Senior Police Officer Marin is the author of Silent Screams, an autobiographical account of his PTSD experiences at HPD.