MISSION UNITED Success Stories
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Don had been discouraged by past interactions with veterans groups and was reluctant to reach out for help. As soon as he talked with a 2-1-1 veterans specialist, that trepidation melted away. Don says the 2-1-1 veterans specialist “treated me with respect and dignity and explained to me that help was available.”
We were able to help Don with medical care, counseling, and financial assistance, easing his pain and his worries.
If you are a veteran, military personnel, or a military family member, dial 2-1-1 to be connected with dedicated help through MISSION UNITED.
After being at MD Anderson for more than a week, Andy had spent what little money the couple had on food and parking. He was wearing the same clothes he had driven his wife to the hospital in and didn’t have resources or family to turn to for help. Andy is a veteran, so when he called the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE, he was immediately connected with a veterans specialist and the MISSION UNITED network.
The 2-1-1 veterans specialist made calls on Andy’s behalf and helped him get essentials, like toiletries, at the hospital, as well as help with food and parking. After a shower and a good meal, Andy felt like himself again and was able to focus on helping his wife recover. When the 2-1-1 veterans specialist called to check on Andy the next day, he and his wife had just returned from a trip outside – her first in nine days – and were getting ready for her physical therapy and full recovery.
When veterans, like Andy, don’t know where to turn for help, 2-1-1 is here. Just dial 2-1-1, any time, day or night.
Through the MISSION UNITED network, Sara worked with a case manager who would help navigate and access critical resources. She started therapy and outpatient treatment and has been able to achieve sobriety and build a stable foundation. She got involved with a housing program through which she was able to get an apartment and she has even started a new job helping other veterans transition into life after service.
With help from the MISSION UNITED network, Sara has plans for the future and the confidence to make them a reality.