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Military Organization Receives Museum Building Grant

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A local military foundation is now one step closing to building a state-of-the-art warfare museum on Fort Hood after receiving a generous Christmas donation.

The National Mounted Warfare Foundation in Killeen recently received a large grant from a Houston-based charity to go toward funding and planning that museum. They need roughly $27 million to complete the first phase of their project, and those behind the project say their goal is to build a world-class technologically-advanced museum to tell the stories of active soldiers and veterans who have each served on Fort Hood.

Just before Christmas, the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to go toward the building and construction of The Mounted Warrior Museum. It's set to be built just off post so that it's accessible to the public, and those running the project say that the latest gift is a major step toward reaching their overall funding goal.

"It gives us a real vote of confidence into our processes and our planning into things that we're doing to make this museum become a reality," vice-president of operations Bob Crouch said.

Renderings for the museum have already been created showing both daytime and nighttime depictions of what it will look like once it's completed. The foundation says that this project is something they've had in the works for awhile, and their hope is to be able to offer the public a glimpse into Fort Hood's history while remembering those who've had the biggest impact on the community.

"Absolutely the right project for this community," vice-president of development Larry Phelps said. "A project that has really kind of brought everybody together and coalesced us behind something that's pretty important - our home, our heroes, and our history."

With 10% of the overall Army population stationed on Fort Hood and 25% in the entire state of Texas, the foundation believes that the museum should be built where soldiers, veterans and their families can go to remember what each has done to serve their country.

"There isn't anything like what we want to do in terms of this museum west of the Mississippi,
 Crouch said. "Most of the museums are located in Washington D.C. and the northern Virginia area. Well, there aren't soldiers there. The soldiers are here. So, we need to do it where the soldiers are because we're going to be telling their stories."

Construction is slated to begin in 2017, and project leaders say that it should be completed sometime in 2019.

For more information or if you'd like to donate to the museum, you can visit the National Mounted Warfare Foundation web site at www.nmwfoundation.org.

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