Colonel Donald W. Moreau Sr. (USA-ret.), HVAF former President/CEO and board member, was among sixteen veterans to be honored in the inaugural class of the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame (IMVHOF) on November 7, 2014. His distinguished military career and civil services spans almost seven decades. Don has led our country through wartime and his commitment to the cause of ending homelessness among veterans is unwavering and never-ending.
During Saturday’s induction ceremony, Don’s military experience of bravery and courage was shared with the people of Indiana.
Hundreds of previously homeless veterans all across the country owe a debt of gratitude to Don Moreau who epitomizes the Army retiree motto of “Still Serving”. Don was a soldier, is a soldier and will always be a soldier.
In December 1998, Don was recruited to join the board of HVAF. He served on the HVAF board through June 1999. At that time, the executive director departed without a successor, so Don was recruited to be President/CEO. Under Don’s leadership HVAF grew dramatically. He was responsible for putting revenue streams in place that HVAF continues to have today. He also increased HVAF’s housing stock significantly. Don helped put together the public/private funding model HVAF has been using for most of its current acquisitions and initiated the first grant and per diem funding from the VA which was used to renovate the Carson Apartments which were a gift from Congresswoman Julia Carson. Don worked with Governor O’Bannon and then Lieutenant Governor Kernan to procure six homes along Warman Avenue, just east of the old Central State Hospital. In 2009, HVAF named one of its properties in honor of Don Moreau Sr. and today thirty-nine veterans call HVAF’s Moreau Apartments home.
|Bill Moreau, HVAF Board Member with Don Moreau Sr. (from left to right)|