Hank’s Story: An Army Veteran Overcomes Homelessness

Date: March 2, 2015

Hank, an Army veteran who proudly served for eight years, recently started a new job at the local Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Baltimore, where he’s been able to save enough of his income to pay off debt and move into his own apartment nearby.

It wasn’t long ago that something so many of us take for granted — a steady job and safe place to live — seemed out of reach for Hank, though. After his military service ended, he returned home to Anne Arundel County, but was experiencing severe mental health issues that led to substance abuse and eventually, what was once unimaginable for Hank happened: he became homeless. Fortunately, he heard about a program funded by United Way of Central Maryland that provides services for homeless veterans, and received mental health counseling, substance abuse support, temporary housing and help finding a job.

Now that Hank is back on his feet, he continues to visit the program to support other veterans in need.

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