These are just a few examples of how Code of Support Foundation is truly changing the lives of our service members, veterans, and their families in crisis.
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Jackie Mancuso, Navy Veteran
Zach Bell, Marine Combat Veteran
Brian Loncaric, Army Combat Veteran
JACQULYN AND LAYLA . . .
Jacqulyn served her country for four years in the Navy as an aviation support equipment technician. But after her service, she had difficulty reintegrating into civilian life and taking care of Layla, her wheelchair bound daughter. When she found herself in an abusive relationship, she packed a small truck and moved with her daughter from Omaha, Nebraska, to Phoenix, Arizona, hoping things would improve. But at just 30 years old, she found herself homeless, jobless, and struggling to get Layla to her critical medical appointments.
Jacqulyn tried to get help, but everywhere she went, organizations turned her away. She went to homeless shelters, but no place could take her and her disabled daughter. She tried the VA, but they couldn't do anything either. Homeless and without resources, Jacqulyn felt she would never get the help she needed.
When another veteran recommended Code of Support Foundation, she was afraid it would be another dead end. But when one of our case coordinators answered the phone, her life changed. We were able to find Jacqulyn permanent housing in an apartment where she and Layla would be safe. Also, we found money to purchase a wheelchair accessible van in order to get her daughter to critical medical appointments. Lastly, we provided financial assistance so she and her daughter could have a decent holiday after all the challenges they'd endured.
Today, Jacqulyn has earned a degree in computer drafting, and now has a full time job working from home so she can continue taking care of Layla. Our case coordinators check in on her regularly, and are always there to answer the phone if she calls.
ELLIS AND HIS MOTHER DEBBY . . .
Before deploying to the Middle East, Ellis had been a well-balanced, popular 18 year-old with a sense of humor and musical talent. But, when he came back from deployment, he withdrew from all of his old friends and replaced them with drugs and alcohol. Ellis's struggles culminated in April of 2012, when he put his wife and two young children in the car and raced down the interstate because, as he said, "The Mexican Mafia was coming after me and my family to kill us all."
That was the beginning of a 3 year journey in and out of psychiatric wards, prescription drugs that kept him in "zombie" mode, and struggles with the VA whose only solution was to lock him up and dope him up.
His family was almost out of hope. But when they received a tip from a friend about Code of Support Foundation, Debby figured it was worth one last shot. After working with Debby, we were able to help Ellis "find his way back home", not just physically, but emotionally as well. Now, not only is Ellis's case being handled by the head psychiatrist at their local V.A., but he also receives one-on-one, hour long sessions with a local therapist.
Code of Support Foundation also recognized that the emotional stress was taking it's toll on Debby. For three years, she had been in a dead-end maze of attempts to understand what had happened to her son and how it could be "fixed". She had pulled away from her friends and seldom left the house. So Code of Support Foundation stepped in and fought to get mental health counseling for Debby as well. We have stuck with their family the entire way, and continue to see them grow and regain happiness in ways they never thought they would be able to experience again.
THE CAMPOS FAMILY . . .
Sergeant Campos deployed in September 2015, leaving behind his wife and children. He has been serving our country halfway around the world, but back home, his family struggled every day to stay out of poverty.
With no money to put food on the table, Mrs. Campos turned to Code of Support Foundation for help. In a matter of days, the children had food in their lunch boxes and Mrs. Campos was able to have a hot meal ready on the dinner table. While they still miss their father very much, they don't have the added stress of wondering where their next meal will come from.
NATHAN . . .
Nathan served in the Army during some of the worst parts of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. From 2001-2009, he was an armored vehicle crew member where he was constantly surrounded by exploding roadside bombs.
One day, while Nathan was on his second deployment to Iraq, he received a call from his mother. His wife had just dropped their two young children off at his parent’s house and left. They never heard from her again. When Nathan returned home from war, he was stranded, alone with his two small children, abandoned by their mother. He found a job, but soon lost it because of complications from PTSD. With no income and two children to support, Nathan desperately needed help.
He and his children were able to find temporary transitional housing in Maryland for 6 months, but were literally living on just $499 of food stamps a month. However, Nathan's determination to provide for his family remained undeterred. His grit finally paid off when he was accepted into a first responder training program to become a firefighter.However, the training would last 9 months with no pay. Nathan had no idea how he would continue to feed his two children, pay for gas, school supplies, and warm clothes during that time. Nathan’s back was against the wall, but he was determined to provide a better life for his two children. So he reached out to Code of Support Foundation for help.
We were able to set him up with a benefits claims expert to get Nathan’s paperwork passed through the VA bureaucracy. We worked with Toys for Tots to make sure his children had gifts for Christmas. But most importantly, we got him the emergency financial assistance he needed to finish firefighter training without having to decide whether to put gas in the car or food on the table.
Today, Nate lives happily with his two children in California where he is a full time firefighter.
NIC AND JESSICA . . .
Nic enlisted in the military at 18 and spent the next 10 years in the Army as a combat medic. He deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. Each day, the survival of wounded soldiers was dependent upon Nic’s skills and experience. And then on his second deployment, Nic found himself being treated by a fellow combat medic was struck by an IED in Afghanistan.
Nic’s wounds left him 100% disabled and he was medically discharged from the Army. Unable to work, he and his wife, Jessica, struggled to support their three young children and provide the quality of life that their family deserved.
Then one day, in honor of his service, Nic and his family received a tremendous gift: a newly constructed, mortgage free home. They thought it would be the start of the new life their family so desperately needed. However, the new home could only be built in Georgia, and Nic and Jessica lived in Utah. To make matters worse, they had only 4 weeks to sign for their new home, but with no savings, a broken down car, and a huge sense of dread, they saw the opportunity to start a new life quickly slipping through their fingers.
That's when Nic and Jessica contacted Code of Support Foundation. As soon as one of our case coordinators and fellow veteran spoke with Nic and Jessica, we knew that we had to do everything in our power to get them to their new home. So we asked America to help. In just two weeks, we heard from citizens from all across the country who decided to give everything they could. Their unbelievable financial generosity literally put Nic and Jessica on the road with a rental car, trailer and travel money to move 2,500 miles to their new home and life.