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Veterans Moving Help moves Tuskegee Airman WWII hero Stephen Lawrence

20150322_153107.jpegVeterans Moving Help was honored this week to be called upon to move former Tuskegee Airman Stephen Lawrence and his wife Virginia to The Atrium in Gainesville Florida. The Lawrences were downsizing and selling their home and chose the Atrium( a holiday retirement community) because of its wonderful staff, beautiful building and amenities.

Even at age 90, Mr. Lawrence proved to be a capable Mover, lifting items despite our insistence that he relax. A little background:


The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American Air Force pilots to serve in World War II.

At 90,  Sgt. Stephen Lawrence recalls with great clarity the role he and the 332nd air battalion played during World War II. "They swooped down on them," recalls Lawrence, "and this way they were able to save every bomber that they escorted. they didn't lose one."

A member of the now-famed Tuskegee Airmen, Lawrence was among this group of African-Americans --the first blacks-- admitted into the Air force. The pain of war was made more severe by prejudice.

"What hurt me was the white folks said that the black folk were too stupid to learn how to fly," says Lawrence.

But the determined young men were college-educated and highly trained. "But we proved them wrong," adds Lawrence.

In 1943, Lawrence a Philadelphia native was stationed at the tuskegee base in Alabama, he learned the culture of war, while experiencing the racism that pervaded the South. "We had to sit in the back of the bus and all this stuff it was bad for us."

Lawrence was not a pilot, but as an experienced welder he was trained in aerodynamics and rose through the ranks to manage the crews. "When a cadet came to fly my plane I had to make sure it could take off because that was my responsibility in the first place."

When the war ended the return to civilian life was again a reality check. "It was over, period. I couldn't find a job. It's like the light at the end of the tunnel had gone out."

Today lawrence spends his time giving to generations of the future.

"Our purpose is to share our legacy with them," says Lawrence.



Veterans Moving Help is now hiring experienced Movers nationwide. To apply or to book a reservation for our Movers, please visit our website

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In a Miraculous Reversal of Fortune, Veterans Moving Help’s Founder Gregory Sledge goes from Being a Homeless Veteran to Owning Business that is Now Hiring Veterans Veterans Moving Help consists of US Military Veterans who provide loading and unloading services for customers with rental trucks or containers. The Movers provide nationwide moving labor services. “Without the support of the Veterans Administration, none of this would be possible. They were genuinely concerned and provided timely assistance and programs that have been instrumental in my success” says Mr. Sledge. He expresses gratitude to the Veterans Administration’s transitional housing program that gave him a place to live after the downsizing of his company forced him into homelessness. Homeless Veterans are provided a clean safe place to live while they rebuild their lives. Each Veteran is assigned a case Manager whom individually plots a course to help the Veteran regain his place in society. The department of Veterans Affairs also provided Mr. Sledge with business management training through its VRAP (Veterans Retraining Assistance Program). He was able to parlay the formal business training with his connections and experience in the moving labor industry to found Veterans Moving Help. The public has embraced Veterans Moving Help and they are now hiring! They are seeking U.S. military Veterans that are experienced Movers. These jobs consist of loading/unloading, packing/unpacking of rental trucks to include Budget, Penske and UHaul and moving trailers and containers such as ABF and PODS. Furniture moving experience is a must. Veterans Moving Help sincerely thanks President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama for their tireless support of Veterans.


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