Veteran is Reintroduced to Hope

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A sequence of hardships stacked up against Mitchell, 58, nearly a decade ago — a leg injury worsened diabetic symptoms causing him to drop out of college, his mother’s death created a void in his life, he faced eviction notices and he was convicted of drug possession charges. He hit rock bottom.

He was reintroduced to hope through transitional housing programs offered by VA and by Pioneer Human Services, a Washington State non-profit that provides treatment, supportive housing and employment programs to justice-involved individuals across the state.

“Sometimes it takes people to live for a while to see what’s coming their way. My role ain’t over,” he said.

Read full story written by Jake Smith for the U.S. Veterans Affairs blog HERE.

Jake Smith is a contributing editor at Alien Gear Holsters and Bigfoot Gun Belts, brands owned and operated by Tedder Industries. He also freelances in the Pacific Northwest as a writer and photographer.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018