I am a 60 yr. old Air Force Vet. I served in 75-77. I was mostly stationed at Castle Air Force Base in California. As a B-52 Crew Chief, I ate, slept & dreamed of 1 aircraft. After my service, I went into construction which I spent my next 31 yrs. in Drywall/Painting primarily. I worked on Residential and Commercial jobs. I moved back to Wisconsin in 1986 due to a family tragedy. I never went back to California.
I’ve lost everything, 3x’s in my life. The last time was when I went into jail in 2004. I continued going in & out of jail, and I continued drinking and went onto the streets. I finally went into Treatment at the VA, through buildings 7, 6 & 5 for a year. I got my last DUI in 2015. Bldg. 7 referred me here, to the Veterans Transitional Housing Program, almost 2 years ago. “If Porchlight & VTHP wasn’t here, I wouldn’t still be sober. I would probably have moved back to California; if I’d lived.”
Written By: Tim and Robin (Porchlight Case Manager) Photo by Keith