Growing up, Malcom never felt that he was part of a real family. His search for a sense of community led him to join the U.S. Navy - until he witnessed the death of one of his best friends, killed in a naval training accident. Unable to cope with the untimely death of his friend, Malcom sought solace in drugs and alcohol and sank into substance abuse, which eventually led to his dismissal from the service.
Since 1993, U.S.VETS has engaged over 158,000 veterans, helped more than 57,000 veterans have a place to call home and placed 14,000 veterans into employment.
“Before exiting the Marines, I knew I wanted a rewarding career with a solid company, but I was unsure of what path to take or what to do first. I am confident if it had not been for the CDI Program, my chances of landing a career would be slim.”
“Without U.S.VETS, I would never be able to be a part of my children’s life. Someone gave me a chance, and I was ready to take it. I have a new way of thinking about life today, and I believe I have a bright future ahead of me.”
“They treated me with respect and dignity from day one. I was tore up – I’d been living in my clothes for who knows how long, but they still treated me with dignity and respect.”
“I now have hope for my future, where before I was hopeless. Before I made the decision to change my life and get sober, I had always felt I was ‘less than’ and not a part of anything. Today, however, I am a part of a community.”
“When I got the key in my hand, it was like, ‘Wow, this is really it!’ It was gratifying. We now have a house, we have food, and I have the necessities of life right here.”