How your Support Helped a Soldier Through Uncertainty

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Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Will G. loved being a soldier and planned to stay in the service as long as possible. His separation from the military came much sooner than he ever anticipated.

SSG Will G. worked in the Army as a Calvary Scout Instructor. It was a job he loved that supported the family he loves - his wife and 2 daughters. Life was good.

Can you imagine Will's devastation when he learned he was being medically discharged from the service? It was the curve ball he never saw coming.

It honestly hit me like a ton of bricks and I didn’t know what I wanted to do after the Army
— Will G.

The questions began right away. Where would they live? What would they do about their income? Most importantly, what did it all mean for their girls?

Thanks to you and other supporters just like you, Will didn't have to face that uncertainty alone. He was able to turn to Still Serving Veterans for help.

I heard about SSV through word of mouth and that was all I needed
— Will G.

Will called Still Serving Veterans and began working with the team at the East Alabama location; which serves all of the Chattahoochie Valley Region.

Will’s biggest struggle was taking the time he needed to consider what he wanted to do next. “Next,” had never really crossed his mind.

If you’re anxious about your future, taking time to really think about which career would be a good “fit” doesn’t seem like a priority. The SSV team in East Alabama knew that it had to be; and thanks to you, our supporter and friend, and others like the Call of Duty Endowment, they were able to take on Will as a new client.

Still Serving Veterans provided me with a Brother in Arms approach to getting me moving forward in the right direction … Kim [an East Alabama career counselor] was instrumental with supporting me in the beginning phase. Through resume building and the workshops, they [SSV East Alabama Team] allowed me to really focus on me as I searched for my future career
— Will G.

Will decided to become certified to work in HVAC . He and his family landed in Tennessee where he’s working for Veteran-friendly Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical ; a company he loves. Will says the company “puts family first,” and gives him the flexibility he needs to be with his family.

Today, Will and his family are happy with the future they’d never planned.

“The road is still not completely traveled, but I know Still Serving Veterans will be with me until the end,” Will said.

Thanks to you and other supporters like the Call of Duty Endowment, Will is right.