Anthony served in the United States Army from 1977-1979 as a clerk. He described military life as an interesting experience for him, and how life has been hard since then.
“(Life after the military) was a struggle, and it is still a struggle,” Anthony said. “But I am coming to grip with things, and making ends meet.”
He ended up not making the wisest decisions, which led him to serving some time in jail. In 2012, when he prepared to get out, Anthony didn’t know his next steps. There were a group of people who came to the jail, talked to the veterans, and told them about HVAF.
“They were telling me if I needed some help getting on my feet, check out HVAF.” Anthony said. “And that’s what I did.”
Since 2012, Anthony has sought out HVAF’s help on numerous occasions. The organization has helped him with housing and getting essential items such as food and clothing.
He has already taken advantage of HVAF’s pantry in the new year. After running out of food, HVAF supplied him with canned meats, canned fruits, and more. He is very thankful for the community center specialists, as well as time spent with fellow veterans.
“Even just being around other veterans,” Anthony said. “That picks you up.”
Anthony said having the pantry as a resource means a lot to him.
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