“I contacted numerous veteran and civilian organizations asking for help. I needed food for my service dog, and help for me. My electric had been turned off and I was able to get it on temporarily. I am a type 1 diabetic, MST/PTSD 100% disabled veteran.
Ginger helped me and will always be a angel to me. She saved me. Her organization is even helping two months after to make sure I have food and gas. Thank God for this group. Truly angels in arms.”

 Michelle Hughes

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Michelle Hughes: WVI’s ‘Operation Safety Net’ Saved My Life

 

My name is Michelle Hughes, I served in the Navy for 15 years. I lost my job two years ago and have been trying to find a job since. I only received unemployment for 10 months then it stopped. I worked for over 25 years with military service and federal government as a civilian contractor.

WVI saved my life.

How can I say that they saved me? Let me tell you the story.

I contacted numerous veteran and civilian organizations asking for help. I needed food for my service dog, and help for me. My electric had been turned off and I was able to get it on temporarily. I am a type 1 diabetic, MST/PTSD 100% disabled veteran.

Asking for help over and over and getting no response or non-assistance took its tool along with the job loss. I was at my wits end. I continually told my doctor the meds were not working and I was tired of fighting. Luckily, I had other female veterans I could talk too. Then when my phone was turned off and other things seem to just turn wrong.

Well, to my amazement Ginger was informed by Women Veterans Interactive Lifetime Member Kalen Arreola and her organization came in the nick of time. As that morning I had started writing letters to family because I was tired of fighting and had no more fight in me. I was tired and felt I tried everywhere and me being a veteran who fought for my country didn’t mean anything.

Many people don’t realize you give your service dog your food if you have it so they can eat. When you do get food and you haven’t eaten for a while you just trust try to survive it as you don’t know when you will eat again. People who think are your friend s don’t help. No one understands the hell or plight till they have been there.

Ginger helped me and will always be a angel to me. She saved me. Her organization is even helping two months after to make sure I have food and gas. Thank god for this group. Truly angels in arms.

 

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