Meet a Veteran: Michael

No problem or situation is too large that there is no hope!

Greetings! My name is Michael F. and I am a grateful and inspired veteran having served in the U.S. Army, with distinction and having regained my self-esteem and confidence through association with U.S.VETS, I know I can succeed.

It all started with some bad choices I made while living high. I thought everything should be done my way. Well, others were not of the same mind. I lost my job, couldnt pay my rent, lost my apartment and wouldnt face up to my responsibilities or, resolve issues from my past. All this, added up, became a hindrance to any meaningful progress in my life. With a major depression setting in I wound up in the system. After a brief stint at a G.R. hotel I heard about U.S.VETS.

In December, 2011 a friend told me about U.S.VETS in Long Beach. I did what was necessary and got in the program there. I transferred from Long Beach to the Inglewood location and, earnestly, began on the road to rebuild myself as a productive and self-sufficient member of society. With the help of Case Managers, Career Counselors and Career Center Staff, I am now, gainfully employed and working towards a career in the grocers field. Its funny, the other day Mr. Warren saw me at the butchers station at Vons and asked me how I was doing. I told him I was very happy and learning a lot and recommended to him a great deal on fresh meats. He said he was very proud of me and, quietly kept, Im proud of myself.

Believe in yourself and you will see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is No problem or situation too large that there is no hope!

I am grateful for all the support and encouragement I have received at U.S.VETS.