Serving Our Veterans – Jeremy’s Success
Veteran’s Day is a day to honor all those who have served our country. At Goodwill Central Texas, we strive to serve and honor our Veterans every day – Veterans like Jeremy.
Even when Jeremy was homeless for a short period of time, he never regretted his military service. Even when he was shipped out five hours after his son was born, he loved being in the military.
But after two deployments and time away from his close-knit family, he was left with some lingering issues: PTSD and depression. This affected his lifestyle and ability to work, and eventually led to issues in his marriage and homelessness. “I lost everything,” Jeremy said. “My wife and my kids are my world.”
It took several years, but after he and his wife reconciled and the family was reunited, she encouraged him to reach out to Goodwill Central Texas for assistance. Jeremy started in the Operation: GoodJobs program with Kevin as his Career Case Manager. “He was outstanding,” relates Jeremy. “He went out of his way to make sure I had transportation, insurance, access to job training and interviews. But more than that, all of these amazing benefits were available to my entire family!”
Jeremy is now successfully acclimating to civilian life and recently advanced his career by taking a full-time Security Officer position at a private company. He’s thankful that Goodwill has programs in place for Veterans like himself. His advice to other Veterans: “Don’t be scared to ask for help. Change can be good. Stand strong, if I could do it, you can, too.”
If you’re a Veteran or a family member of a Veteran, Goodwill Central Texas can help you. We offer many programs, such as:
- Career coaching
- Financial planning
- Access to occupational and technical training and certification through our Goodwill Career and Technical Academy
- Educational advancement through The Goodwill Excel Center – our adult high school
- Preparation for job search, improving interviewing skills, and resume creation
- Direct job placement services with local employers and State positions
Contact our team at 512.637-7580.