Ernesto P. Hernandez III Founder/Executive Director for WPP
Ernesto rescues shelters dogs and trains them as service dogs - "Saving a Paw, to Save a Life" - Giving them a second Tail as a Service Dog. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Military Order of the Purple Heart as the primary liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congress, Department of Defense and Military Services and Veteran Service Organizations. Ernesto had a distinguished career in the US Air Force; graduate of the US Air Force Academy in 1994, with a B.S. and later earned an MBA. He served multiple tours in the Middle East in a wide range of assignments after 9/11. Ernesto was wounded on March 26, 2008, when he used his own body to shield the occupants of an open bunker from indirect fire from mortars and rockets at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Phoenix, Iraq. Retired from the Air Force in 2016 and focuses on assisting all veterans and their family.