In 2008, after more than three years of experience with another charitable organization, Thomas Conlan founded Aid Our Veterans, in response to the many needs he had witnessed among US Military Veterans.
Thomas was born into a military family and is proud to refer to himself as an Air Force Brat. As an adult, he served in the United States Navy for six years, as an Aviation Electronic Technician, stationed at Patuxent River Navel Air Station.
Thomas founded Aid Our Veterans as a mission of love. Having been blessed with a successful career in the construction field after his service, he felt he needed to give back and give thanks. Thomas was concerned by the ever-growing population of homeless veterans. Over the course of his work in the community, he took note of the vast proliferation of homeless and jobless veterans in many areas, many of them suffering from war-related injuries and mental health issues. He also saw how many homes in the community stood vacant that, while in series need of renovation, were out of financial reach for these veterans. He realized he could no longer sit back and do nothing.
Aid Our Veterans was founded to address all of these needs at once. Taking his experience in home improvement, Thomas was determined to hire as many Veterans as he could. If they did not have home improvement experience or skills, he found a way to train them, giving them a skill for life.
Knowing the problem of homelessness in Veterans, Thomas knew his mission could come full circle if he could use his experience, and fill newly renovated properties with formerly homeless Veterans.
In Memory of Thomas A Conlan
Thomas Aaron Conlan of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013. He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on May 13, 1956. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Gailann Gerofsky-Conlan, and his daughters, Julianna Quinn and Skye Tuxing Conlan. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Francis and Dawn Ellen Conlan of Dale City, VA. Tom is also survived by siblings E. Stephen Conlan (Elizabeth), Golden, CO., Sue Conlan-Duhamel (Jimmy, Largo, FL, Betsy Conlan-Jacowski (Tom, Colorado Springs, Co, Bob Conlan, Apply Valley, MN., Michael Conlan (Susan), Sterling, VA., Patty Conlan-Foster (Scott), Monument, CO, 3 nephews, 8 nieces, 1 great niece, 1 great nephew, 1 aunt, 1 uncle and many cousins.
Tom was the Founder and President of Aid Our Veterans, Inc, a non-profit organization working with homeless and unemployed veterans across the United States. Tom was a U.S. Navy veteran, and was dedicated to all who served this country. His passion for veterans was instilled in him at an early age, having come from a military family with ancestors serving in every generation since 1770.
He enjoyed politics, sports, music, live theater, cooking and most of all is family.
Memorial services were held Saturday, August 10, 2013, from 1PM to 5PM at the Hawk’s Pleasure Club, 430 Riverside Drive, Baltimore, MD. Friends and family were invited to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to Aid Our Veterans, 7820 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224. (410) 391-8721, or to a scholarship fund set up for his daughters at the same address. (Please contact Debra when making donations.)