Charles Hernández represents the Bronx on the Veterans Advisory Board. He served in the New York Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Sergeant, and was a key part of the military response to 9/11, serving as the Military Liaison to the New York City Office of Emergency Management.
He has served in various capacities both at home and overseas - including service in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom - and has received numerous military commendations for his service, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Conspicuous Service Medal and National Defense Medal. Hernández also has extensive experience working with at-risk youth in the field of juvenile justice, with leadership roles at several suspension units within the New York City public school system, and as a former employee of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Fluent in English, American Sign Language, Spanish, he has also worked as an interpreter and crisis intervention specialist, and is certified in in School Administration and Supervision in the state of New York. He holds a Masters in School Administration and Supervision from Mercy College, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Boricua College.