Laureen and Steve reached out to Peak Military Care Network (PMCN) for assistance with paying their utility bill. They are both veterans: Laureen served in the United States Army, and Steve served in the United States Marine Corps.
Steve is a combat veteran, drafted in November of 1971 and was discharged in 1975. Steve mentioned he is a very prideful man “and to reach out for help is real hard.” He retired from the workforce early due to physical conditions and is on a fixed income, receiving social security with no other benefits. His wife, Laureen, is currently job searching. With her Bachelor’s in social work and starting her Master’s, she is hoping to continue to network with people she knows in the community to find something to help with the budget. “We were struggling. We had extra family members [move in with us], we had people who were renting from us who have had trouble paying us, and we needed help with our utility bill. Being a veteran and my husband being a veteran, we wanted to come here and see if you guys [could] help us.” Laureen found out about PMCN through calling 2-1-1.
“I have something that has [been] lifted off my shoulders, and I see a light at the end of the tunnel to where I can visualize that things are going to be okay,” said Steve. When asked what he would say to another veteran who may be struggling he responded, “If they are anything like me they probably wouldn’t ask for help, but if they do then I would have to recommend your organization.”
Laureen expressed that no one should be afraid to ask for help, “I am grateful and blessed that we live in a place here where there are so many different organizations and that you can reach out. A lot of times it’s not just one time that you have to reach out, it’s a couple different times that you have to, to get a sense of stability.”
Steve said he knows that PMCN is a network, and so if someone reached out for help, PMCN can find assistance out there for them. “Reach out and ask for the help. It’s the only way it’s going to work. There is light at the end of the tunnel if you ask for help.”
If you are a service member, veteran or family member looking for resources from the community, reach out to Peak Military Care Network (PMCN) at 719-577-7417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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