When he hit bottom, Navy Veteran Kenneth came to VA. Homeless, struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, he entered a residential treatment program. That was just the beginning of a life-changing journey.
Kenneth’s story, in his own words
My name is Kenneth. I was homeless. While I was in the service, misfortunately, I took a detour. When we went out on liberty, we started drinking, and drinking, and it led to other things.
I went in to try to get some help and I made a conscious decision that I was going to take this help that I was getting from VA because they were really trying to work with me. So I went out to Perry Point for 100 days on the drug and alcohol program. And I completed that program in 2012.
Now I’m seeing two therapists at the VA Annex in Baltimore. My primary care, I’m keeping in contact with her constantly. They put in a consultation for me to get teeth. I’ll have my teeth about Labor Day. I’ll be smiling, but I’m good. I am truly grateful. I’m truly grateful. I’m 16 months clean today.
I just received my HUD voucher. At this point, I am employed. I am doing 19 hours a week, at minimum wages. It’s not even about the money. I just need to stay focused and stay grounded. I’m being proactive about a lot of things that I’m doing now. I see the growth in me and I’m going to continue and grow on that level.
And I’m going to do whatever is told for me to do through VA. I’ve seen that it’s a success for me and there’s no use for me to deviate now in my life. I tried to do it my way and it didn’t help.
So I’m saying to all you guys: Just do it their way. Just give it a try. And you will definitely be grateful that you have followed up because that is what VA is all about, helping the soldiers reintegrate back into society.
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