Born in Spencer, Indiana, Roy, 57, served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Before hislifefell apart and before drugs and alcohol brought him down, he was a tough and proud soldier. Still, nothing could prepare him for homelessness. In March 2013, Roy sought help at HVAF’s recovery program for drug and alcohol addiction. However, after the death of his sister, Roy relapsed and ended up back on the streets.
In March 2013, he mustered strength, attended PTSD counseling at the VA, and reached back out to HVAF for help with housing. At HVAF, he met Case Manager Jennifer Smith.
“Roy has worked very hard while being in our program,” says HVAF Case Manager Jennifer Smith. “He has been a model client and has gone above and beyond in his goal of stability. It has not been easy, and he has experienced several setbacks, but each time he did not allow them to stop him from achieving his goals.”
A cascade of combat veterans are seeking help and the effects of combat trauma extend far beyond the traditional and narrow clinical diagnoses of PTSD.
“No one gets out unscathed,” adds Roy, reflecting on his struggles, “but I have learned to take small steps each day.”
Last year, Roy began Compensated Work Therapy(CWT), a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) vocational rehabilitationprogramthat endeavors to match and support work readiness. He was responsible for painting. Then, there was an opening in housekeeping and he took it.
Roy is currently looking for permanent housing.
“I’m anxious and excited for permanent housing. I am thankful for my time here at Manchester and having been provided a case manager and a roof over my head. But there comes a time when I have to go out on my own. It’s a bit daunting but after everything I have been through I can make it.”