NLHMF Board Member Highlight: Commissioner Bill Holen

Commissioner Bill Holen: A Champion for the Hmong Community

In the heart of every community, there are unsung heroes whose dedication and tireless efforts shape the lives of those around them. Bill Holen, an elected Commissioner in Arapahoe County, Colorado, stands as one such figure—a beacon of advocacy, resilience, and service. With a distinguished background as a pilot, Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army, and former aide to U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter, Bill's journey intertwines with a profound commitment to the Hmong community, exemplifying the spirit of compassion and solidarity.

Bill's involvement with the Lao-Hmong Memorial Foundation (NLHMF) is deeply rooted in his passion for supporting marginalized communities. His journey began over two decades ago when he forged a bond with Ed Perlmutter, a pivotal connection that led him to the heart of the Hmong community. Through his collaborative efforts with influential figures like Yang Chee and Ed Perlmutter, Bill played an instrumental role in removing the Hmong from the Terrorist List—a monumental achievement that underscored his unwavering dedication to justice and equality.

As a board member of NLHMF, Bill spearheaded transformative projects that left an indelible mark on the Hmong community. One such initiative was his pivotal role in securing a $250,000 community grant through Ed Perlmutter—an invaluable resource that propelled the early stages of the memorial project forward. Through meticulous planning, strategic advocacy, and a steadfast commitment to his vision, Bill navigated through challenges with resilience and determination, ensuring that the voices of the Hmong people were heard and honored.

Lessons Learned, Paths Forward

Reflecting on his journey, Bill emphasizes the importance of tenacity and perseverance in the face of adversity. His experiences have taught him that true progress is born out of unwavering dedication and a willingness to see projects through to fruition. As he continues to champion the cause of the Hmong community, Bill's message resounds clear: never underestimate the power of perseverance and the impact of collective action.

A Legacy of Hope and Solidarity

In closing, Bill Holen's journey stands as a testament to the transformative power of compassion, advocacy, and unity. His unwavering commitment to the Hmong community echoes the sentiments of gratitude and admiration shared by all whose lives he has touched. As we honor Bill's legacy, let us also reaffirm our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable world—one where the voices of every community are heard and valued.

We are privileged to have Bill Holen as a valued member of NLHMF, and his dedication serves as an inspiration to us all.



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