A Veteran's Story
On this Veteran’s Day, we are highlighting one of our current clients, Joseph, a 51-year-old Marine Corps & Army Reserve veteran who served for a total of 10 years. He spent four years as a Marine and six years in the Army Reserves. While he was in the Marines, Joseph was elevated to Corporal and was stationed in London, Haiti, and Somalia, helping to remove U.S. troops from the area after the Black Hawk incident. During his service, he was bitten by a poisonous spider which caused him permanent damage to the left side of his body. After his time in the military, Joseph served his local community by becoming a Deputy Sheriff. He was injured twice while on duty with the Sheriff’s Department, once he was struck by a car during a traffic stop and then had his right arm and shoulder dislocated while making an arrest. He had to undergo surgery for his right arm. Joseph is 75% disabled overall, and he has lost almost all use of his right arm, which has caused him to retire from his life of service to others.
Joseph used to love helping his friends and when they needed a hand with moving, he was happy to help lift the heavy things. He also really enjoyed being outdoors, including working on his landscaping, helping his parents with their yardwork, taking long walks with his dog, and giving his daughter piggyback rides. He had dreams of teaching her how to play sports. Unfortunately, his injuries prevent him from being able to do these things and also prevent him for being able to make repairs on his home.
Joseph lives in his home with his 12-year-old daughter, Isabella, and his dog. He is in critical need of a safe egress as his front and rear porches have rotted and fallen into disrepair. Unstable railings and stairs are a falling hazard for him since the spider bite caused his left side not to function properly. His current windows have rotted casings and framing, causing them to be difficult to open and making them energy-inefficient. Finally, Joseph’s hot water tank is showing signs of imminent failure and needs to be replaced.
We are grateful for Joseph’s service to our country and proud to be able to help him with the needed repairs to his home.