This is the story of the current Case and Facilities Manager at The Veterans’ Place.  He is an Air Force Veteran who spent his service during peace time, stationed in Maine at Loring Air Force Base. After leaving the military, he became a Police Officer and served with the Lebanon, New Hampshire Police Department for over ten years.  After leaving the Police Department, he owned and operated a small business in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  As time went by, he was having problems with an injury he suffered while on active duty. There was also an incident that had occurred while in the service that also started to get to him.  He became very depressed - the injury resulted in four surgeries and after them he was diagnosed with a lung disease. He gave up on life, became even more depressed, leading to a bankruptcy; his business failed, and the final incident, a divorce and the loss of his home. 

In 2010 he landed in the Veterans Hospital in White River Junction with no place to live once he was discharged. He was not allowed to contact his youngest son and his oldest wanted little, if anything to do with him.  A social worker told him that there was a guy who could help him find a place to live.  Relatives really had no place for him; he had little money and not more than the clothes on his back at the time. He finally met the guy who could help him. It turned out to be an old friend who had worked with him at the Police Department. He was currently the liaison between The Veterans’ Place and the White River Junction Vermont Veterans Hospital. He found a bed for him at the Veterans’ Place in the town of Northfield, Vermont.

The veteran had no idea where Northfield even was - he was lost. After going through the screening process, he was accepted into the program.  He had been in bed at his home for almost two years and now he was required to get out of bed, do chores and work on getting himself together again.  It was painful not being able to isolate and stay in bed. The loss of his home, the relationship with his wife and kids and yes, the loss of his pets took a huge toll on him.  He was now on medications and going through intensive counselling at the veterans hospital.

He got a job locally,but in a very short time he was injured and unable to do the job. Things were not really looking great for him.  The injury from the military had changed his entire life.  He was looking for employment.  However, he could not really find anything that he thought he could do and jobs here were scarce.  Finally things started to happen - the current facilities manager left his position.  After getting all of the current residents to sign a letter recommending him for the job facilities manager position,  he landed the position. Time passed and then there was another opening.  Today he is still the facilities manager and the Interim Program Executive Director. He also does case management at the home with residents. He lived at The Veterans’ Place for a couple of years and went through a divorce.  He later met someone and they became a couple.

They are now married and are living in an apartment across the street from The Veterans’ Place, allowing for  the residents to  have easy access to him all of the time. The relationship with his children and grandchildren is wonderful now.

This is a long story.  However, his is just one of many.  The Veterans’ Place receives a Per-Diem from the Veterans Administration; that, however, does not totally cover the operational expenses.