I’m a 31 yr. old Army Vet who served in Iraq with the 25th Airborne from ’05-’09. I was a Forward Observer, which means I spoke with all the aircraft, artillery & mortars. I was injured when I returned back to my Station in Anchorage, Alaska. I got hooked on drugs during my recovery from my injuries. I continued using them after I moved back home to cope with my chronic pain & TBI frustration. I got clean for a little while, but relapsed, and ended up on the streets. I admitted myself to the V A Hospital for Treatment. I stayed in treatment until I could get into Veterans Transitional Housing Program.
I am supported here. The staff is here for me. They remind me when I need to be somewhere, help me with transportation, and they’re here when I’m feeling down. “I am safe here. I don’t want to think about what would’ve happened to me, if this place hadn’t been here.”
Written By: Cory and Robin (Porchlight Case Manager) Photo by Keith