Two friends reunite after 51 yearsDecember 19, 2016
A homeless veteran living in the coldDecember 19, 2016
|Tyler at HVAF|
Tyler Brinkley, 62, is set to move out of the Loyd House, a transitional property operated by HVAF, and into his own apartment after almost 3 years of homelessness. HVAF provided Tyler with housing, programs and services that once served as barriers. He received free dental work, eye exams, as well as help filling out his social security benefits in which he later qualified. As a result, his self-esteem soared. He’s a soldier who once cooked three meals a day for 8,000 soldiers deployed in Guam. After being honorably discharged, Tyler returned home to Indianapolis and spent nearly two decades working as a painter. However, the physical labor took a toll on his body. He was unable to hold down a job and support himself. Tyler became depressed and turned to alcohol to cope. As his health worsened he struggled financially to support himself. Tyler’s living situation also changed in June 2014. The condo he was renting went up for sale, leaving him homeless. He turned to the VA for help and was then referred to HVAF for housing. Tyler is thankful to have a roof over his head at HVAF’s Loyd House and is excited to now have the tools to move into his new home.