My name is James, and I am 26 years old.
I served in the Army active duty from 2009-2011, with the National Guard from 2011 – 2012, and had one tour in Afghanistan. After coming home I was living with my brother, who also served in the Army and completed a tour in Iraq. I was having trouble finding employment, so I starting using drugs and drinking. I decided I didn’t want to waste my life by drinking and just hanging out.
The first thing I needed to do was find a place away from the drinking and drug use. I started searching for someone who could help me, and started making phone calls. Soon I got in touch with Michael, the VIP Coordinator for U.S.VETS – Phoenix. He listened to my problems and concerns, and assessed me for placement in the program. I told him that I knew I needed to be sober, but that my brother was going to have a big party that weekend and I needed to get away from that element.
Even though an apartment wouldn’t open up for another six days, Michael found space for me in an emergency bed and I had a new place to stay that same night. I stayed in VIP for six days, and then moved into the Garfield apartments.
I have been sober for over 7 months. I am employed part-time and going to school full-time under the GI bill, on a career path that I like. I am ready to move to a new apartment to be closer to friends. Thanks to U.S.VETS for helping me achieve my goals in life.