How Your Support Helped a Local Veteran Keep The Lights On
It was a Friday afternoon when Mr. Jones got the call from his electric company.
He felt despair creeping in as the woman on the phone told him they would be coming to shut off his power on Monday. Mr. Jones had 3 days to figure out a way to keep the lights on.
When he hung up the phone, he began to pray.
Mr. Jones said, “I sat down and prayed for God to send me help … I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
Little did he know, the help he needed was waiting for him, right around the corner.
Mr. Jones is a Veteran; and thanks to people like you ... people who care about Veterans' lives and well-being, he had somewhere to turn for help.
In 1981, just a few days before his twenty first birthday, Mr. Jones had joined the National Guard. A year later, he transferred to the Marine Corps.
Mr. Jones loved being in the military and was proud to follow in the footsteps of so many of his family members.
Unfortunately, his dreams of life as a military man were cut short. During a training exercise, Mr. Jones suffered a severe back injury that resulted in a medical discharge from the Marine Corp.
“My whole family was in the service and got to serve and I didn’t get to like I wanted to," Mr. Jones said.
Life had been hard since then. As Mr. Jones prayed and asked God what he should do about his unpaid utility bill, he remembered a place where he'd found help before.
Still Serving Veterans had helped Mr. Jones with his VA benefits paperwork. He called for an appointment with a Veteran Resource Counselor right away.
Within just a few hours, Mr. Jones was able to meet with a counselor.
“She [VRC Counselor] was an angel that God sent to me. She went above and beyond what I thought anyone would do to help me. I told her what was going on and she took it personally and went on a journey to help me," Mr. Jones said.
Mr. Jones' counselor connected him with Semper Fi, a local Veteran’s group that among other things, helps Veterans who are in financial crisis or distress. Semper Fi paid Mr. Jones’ utility bill, in full.
“I came to Still Serving Veterans on Friday and by Monday, my utility bill had been paid,” Mr. Jones said.
Mr. Jones’ story shows how vital Still Serving Veterans community resource counselors are to Veterans who need urgent help. There are many nonprofits and community organizations that provide services for Veterans. The trouble is, they're usually hard to find, they're not all reputable and some have more resources to help than others.
Still Serving Veterans counselors work to make the connections between Veterans who need help or access to resources, and those in the community who want and are able to help - this is only possible because of supporters like you.
"Now I have an appointment with another counselor who's going to help me find a job," Mr. Jones said, sounding hopeful, "If it wasn't for them [Still Serving Veterans] other Veterans would have no place to go."
We hope you know every day, that your support is answering prayers. You are helping Veterans like Mr. Jones get connected with the support they need and deserve.