On December 14, 2011, Local Veterans Employment Representative Janine Jordan and I were contacted concerning a veteran in need of immediate assistance. Corey Wynn is a member of the Army National Guard who recently returned from a deployment to Iraq. He was unemployed, living in a rural area of Alabama and needed help paying bills. We contacted Corey and assessed his situation. Because of the desperate nature of Corey’s circumstances, we made plans to visit him immediately.
The following day, we drove to Stevenson and took Corey to the Scottsboro Career Center so he could file for Unemployment Compensation. With Janine’s help, the Scottsboro Post 6073 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Huntsville Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans provided money to cover Corey’s past due bills and rent. Janine even chipped in to provided cell phone minutes. We reassured Corey that there was a network of individuals and organizations working to render additional assistance in the coming days and weeks. Corey thanked us repeatedly for the quick response and all the assistance provided.
Because Christmas was coming soon, Huntsville Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist Willetta Walker collected gifts, money, food and a child’s bike for Corey and his family. I delivered the food and gifts to Corey and he was overwhelmed at the outpouring of support.
The collective assistance helped Corey get through the stressful holidays. On January 4, Corey and I went to the Career Center again and worked on his resume. He applied for several jobs and had two informal interviews that day, one with a promising job offer.
Corey’s situation has greatly improved, much to his credit. He was determined to find work to support his family on his own and he has done just that. He is currently employed, and during a recent phone call, he informed me that he found more suitable employment that has the potential to become long-term and will more adequately support his family.
Editor’s Note: The author, Robert Gossett is a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist.