In October of 1989, two weeks after the Loma Prieta earthquake I reenlisted in the United States Army. I always wanted to come to California, and when I saw the opportunity to begin a new life in that state, I jumped on it. Even though the waiting list was six months.
The Army taught me an assortment of life lessons, most of which were positive and helpful to my life-long journey and I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. Being trained in combat and obtaining a warrior ethos can have a profound effect on even the most grounded and mentally strong individual. I and others are fortunate to have jobs that sustain our way of living and have had the opportunity to obtain skills that will move them further in their professions.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for thousands of Veterans across the U.S. who not only don't have health insurance, but also the most basic things in life like food and shelter. Depending on which publication or source you read, somewhere around 20 Veterans take their life every day.
So please, stay tuned because we will be setting up a fundraiser for our local Veterans and we would love for you all to be a part of it. We will send out information real soon. Thank you.