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LIGHTNING RELEASES (7/29/2014) – The Mission in Citrus Inc. has operated their Veteran’s shelter since 2010 in Citrus County Florida. They have learned that there are many problems facing Veterans each day. Wondering if they will have a place to stay. Getting evicted by landlords due to rent increases, health care, getting their diabilitiy, and much more.
This is one of the Mission in Citrus Inc.’s Veteran’s stories. He would like to remain anonymous. They promised him they would not mention his name in his story.He does not feel that he is a hero, though many know he is. He is a very angry young man, not just for himself, but watching and knowing that many others like him are dying each week. Awaiting disability hearings.
He’s one of their younger Veteran’s. Here is his story. He signed up for the United States Military. He wanted to serve his country. He was deployed to Iraq. “One day there was a “friendly” air raid over Baghdad and when it was finally over, the unit was sent to “mop”. It was around 5 p.m. when we got there. We got off the APC’s and started walking. Almost immediately there were shots fired. While trying to open a building door, I got shot in the head. The bullet barely missed my brain, but after the operation there is still shrapnel left inside of my head. I was pronounced dead. I went into a coma minutes later. It took 4 months to wake up. I had served 2 tours already. After a year or so of therapy, which was extremely difficult and painful I believe it is better considering the alternative. After the accident I was deployed to Afghanistan twice and to Columbia to fight The War on Drugs.
He did receive an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Military. And the Purple Heart which he gave to his son.. The adjustment to civilian life was kind of hard. I had various jobs, especially in retail. Who knew the economy was going to plummet? I became homeless in Orlando and quickly found out Orlando is not Veteran Friendly. I went online to find any kind of help. An article caught my eye about a Vet Shelter in Inverness. So I called to see if they had any space for me. The answer was yes. I have been here for about two years and this program has been very good to me. I currently only receive 30% disability. I am in the process of refilling/appealing the decision they have made. I currently have a job, and am hoping I will be awarded a full pension from the VA when I have another hearing.
” This Veteran served two tours for Our Country, got shot, almost died, went into a coma and signed up for another tour after that. He did this because he thought it was the right thing to do. He speaks 5 languages, and is very intelligent. He suffers from migraines horribly. He occasionally bleeds from his head where he was shot. He still gets up and walks to and from work every day in the Florida heat. It’s at least 2 miles each way. He has only called in sick twice since he has been with this company. This young Veteran has done everything right, but has been so wronged.
Due to the need for a fire sprinkler system , he may become homeless again soon. The Mission in Citrus is working on raising the money for the system, an Operation Stand Down for many more Veterans,puttting their TV Show back on the air, and other projects. https://www.facebook.com/Veteransoperationstanddown?ref=hl
They are upset as help comes slowly, if at all. Recent requests to Fema , and the military for MRES to feed the Veterans in the woods have yet to answered.Help for their veterans in the shelter is even worse. They urge you please visit their sites , or contact Congress and let your voice be heard.
They served us. Without our Veterans, would freedom exist ?