SPOKANE, Wash. — “It is difficult to explain what veterans go through because only veterans know it”.
Daniel Colony served in the Air Force as a firefighter for almost ten years.
“Families are so affected, wives are so affected, especially now it seems like we have more wars than we’ve had in a long time,” Colony said.
While serving, he developed PTSD, which made life outside the military difficult.
“I struggled for a very long time with some things that happened when I was in the military,” Colony said.
Now he stays in a veterans transitional housing unit through Volunteers of America.
“There are a variety of reasons why people end up homeless, we find that with veterans it often comes down to mental health issues, there just aren’t a lot of services for that. ‘they can access the care they need,’ said Beth McRae with Volunteers of America.
In this veterans housing, they can receive mental health services and other tools they need to succeed in the world.
“Last year’s data was that we typically had 60-70% of veterans housed within the first 90-120 days they were in our housing, which is great because it’s a two-hour program. years and for some of them it takes two years. and that’s totally fine,” McRae said.
Daniel said he wasn’t quite ready to move out yet, but he was looking forward to starting over.
“I’m excited. I lost a lot of years and now it’s like, you can’t go back and start over but you can start today and start. And that’s what I’m looking for. I want go live in Mexico and relax.
He said the accommodation VOA has given him and other veterans has given him the best feeling in over twenty years.
If you would like to help veterans in need in the Interior Northwest, you can donate men’s maintenance clothing, sanitary wipes, and cat and dog food to VOA’s main office.
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