Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. As we reflect on their sacrifice for our country, we are also reminded of the countless Veterans who return home and experience homelessness. We would like to take the time to share stories from our Veteran clients and staff to thank them for their service.
“I entered the army when I was 19 years old, just two months out of high school. The army was my escape from a rough home life, and I spent nine years in the military. Before coming to PATH, I was homeless for almost four years; two years on the street and two years in transitional housing. Coming to PATH was a miracle for me and the beginning of major life changes. Since moving off the streets four years ago, I am sober, quit smoking, and have kept in close contact with my family. ”
“I am the second born child of an immigrant family that came to the USA to pick produce in hopes of creating their own American dream. The experiences of being a child of immigrants in this beautiful country, with strong ties to my Mexican origins gave me a unique perspective. This perspective would drive me to want to pay my country back for the opportunities that are not available in other countries, and thus I paid that due with military service. And so, from the agriculture fields of Central-California to the mystic mountains of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan, my journey swept me away to multiple foreign countries and introduced me to amazing people and cultures. These experiences, including my combat experiences, would foster a passion to assist every brother and sister in arms as they make the perilous journey home, one that is filled with both physical and mental obstacles. It’s this loyalty that drove me to connect with PATH and their great Veterans programs. Because with PATH, I truly believe we can help every Veteran make it home.” —Javier, Veterans Outreach/Peer Support Coordinator
“Every person I’ve met through PATH has been nothing but positive... I’ve grown a lot and that’s a fact. In 2016 I was done. I was wrung out and hung out to dry. In 2017 I got my head screwed on right and got an apartment Marmion Way. I’ve been here for four years now and props to PATH again. I owe a lot more than I’ve received and in saying so, I give my honor, friendship, and a tad bit of love with respect for all at PATH. You guys deserve so much more.” —Gary