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We’re saluting the nationwide launch of Hero Hut, the veteran non-profit that’s building a community for veterans and first responders. David Hoffmaster, founder and president of Hero Hut, joined us today to talk about how they’re celebrating their new found national presence this weekend.

Hero Hut’s official nationwide launch is being celebrated at the Indianapolis Hero Hut Fest on September 10 to 12.

On September 10th, events kick off with the Hero Hut national launch with Chuck Briseno Band at Ellison Brewing. The next day, Saturday, September 11th, Hero Hut continues the activities with a community festival at Tarkington Park including a high-level 3v3 basketball tournament run by The City League. 

This community festival will also include a 20th anniversary 9/11 ceremony, Veteran Resources, Department of Veteran Affairs Benefits classes, a basketball Kids Clinic led by The City League, Food Trucks, Beer Garden, and more! The tournament will feature some of the top Former College and Pro players in Indiana.

Three years ago, the concept for Hero Hut began at the Milwaukee Irish Fest. The goal: to provide a communal spot at a major festival for Veterans, First Responders, and their families to network, create new friendships and forge connections to their local communities.  All too often, Veterans enter civilian life without the resources and community they so desperately need and deserve.  In an effort to change that, Hero Hut was born with a vision to empower Veterans to discover a civilian life defined by service and surrounded by community. 

This was accomplished by creating a collaborative space that included numerous other veteran-focused non-profits, Government agencies such as the VA, and other community multipliers. These organizations all fell under the roof of Hero Hut and it was an experience that touched many. However, due to the events of 2020 and beyond, the organization was forced to put its in-person events on hold and was unable to make a full launch at the time. 

Fast forward to 2021, and Hero Hut is now a 501c3 non-profit that has branched out to 15 states and growing, with multiple events happening monthly nationwide. The organization has already hosted over 60 different nonprofits and Government agencies within their Hero Hut and expects to have hosted over 25,000 Veterans and First Responders by year’s end. They are running events in a wide variety of industries to include music Festivals, sporting events, state fairs, the PGA Tour, and more.  

We missed out on something special last year!” David Hoffmaster, Hero Hut Founder, expressed. “We were unable to celebrate our official launch of Hero Hut We’ve accomplished so much in such a short time, but we didn’t want another year to pass by without making it official!

So, on September 10-12th in Indianapolis, Hero Hut will be hosting the inaugural Hero Hut Fest in partnership with Ellison Brewing, Hotel Tango, Chuck Briseño Band, The City League and numerous other local organizations.  Together, they will be offering live music, a high-level 3v3 Basketball tournament run by The City League, drinks and food, Veteran/First Responder resources and classes, family-friendly activities, and much more. 

The activities will take place as follows:

Hero Hut Nationwide launch at Ellison Brewing with Chuck Briseño Band

9/11 Tarkington Park Fest and 3v3 Tournament with The City League

Hero Hut Fest at Ellison Brewing (family-friendly)

About Hero Hut:

Hero Hut is a collaborative community space at events for the greater veteran and first responder community to network and gain access to resources, information, and connection to their community. Through our presence at local and national events, we seek to create a welcoming place for Veterans to relax, build friendships, and learn about services and opportunities available to them ranging from Veteran Affairs to education, to job placement, to mental health, housing, and more.  

But Hero Hut is not just a place for Veterans – we take pride in building community and serving the greater veteran community, including Military Service members, First Responders, their families, and loved ones. So whether you are a Veteran, love a Veteran, or simply want to help Veterans, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Hero Hut and thank you for your support!  

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