Mark’s Return to Civilian Life

It is an unfortunate circumstance that many veterans who have served our country fall on hard times when they return to civilian life.  The effects of PTSD impact these individuals and often create struggles they never imagined they would experience.

Mark came to Cherry Street Mission Ministries fighting some of those battles.  After completing his service with the U.S. Army, he returned to the life he had coveted before.  He used his army skills to readjust and began a life outside of the military.  When his VA pension checks were repeatedly lost in the Covid-delayed mail, he experienced homelessness for the first time in his life.  Mark found his way to Cherry Street and began living by his motto “Get a job, go to school, do something to get back on your own.”  Being a permanent resident at Cherry Street was never Mark’s plan.  He worked towards his goal of becoming independent, employed and eventually went on to live on his own again.

Cherry Street advocates have been with Mark on his journey, walking beside him and helping him reach his goals.  They have helped him work with the VA to coordinate his benefits, receive vocational training to become a mechanic and prayed with him at his AA group meetings.  Cherry Street advocates are here to help with every step of the way.

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