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We live in the greatest country in the world.  I am a very proud American who has been blessed with the freedom to pursue my dreams,” explained Ben Thomas, Founder and President of NWG Solutions, and our Gratitude “Friend of Freedom” award winner for April 2022.

 NWG is a technology solutions provider in Charlottesville: “We provide IT support, network monitoring, cloud hosting as well as IT security services.”   The firm has been a local institution for decades and aims to hire Veterans when opportunity and skill sets align.  “We have had several veterans on our team throughout the years.  While every member of our team is amazing in their own way, I find that employees who have served generally bring a higher degree of discipline and order.  They assimilate very quickly into our organization and bring a certain maturity and seriousness to the table.”

In addition to employing local heroes, Thomas has been a generous financial supporter of local projects benefiting local military and police.  “Supporting organizations like Gratitude C’ville is the least I can do to try to say thank you.  I feel anyone that is drawn to public service deserves a certain respect and support.” 

‘Freedom isn’t free’ is more than a saying for the Thomas family—it is a very personal sentiment these days. Ben’s son is currently a Cadet at West Point.  Go Army!”, proclaims a very proud papa as our interview ends. “Our brave men and women who stand guard so that I can have the life I have are worth anything I can give.  They are prepared to pay that price.  They truly are heroes and should have all our undying respect and support.”  

Each month, “The Freedom Fund” Board of Directors will choose a FOF award winner to be featured on  Winners will get a trophy and sometimes a monetary award.  To nominate person or organization that promotes and protects freedom in our community, email us at

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