Tyler Brinkley, 61, was a soldier who cooked three meals a day for 8,000 soldiers deployed in Guam.
“The first meal of the day is very important,” says Tyler. “Eating in the dining room hall helped our soldiers feel connected.”
|Tyler at HVAF|
Tyler’s living situation also changed in June 2014. The condo he was renting went up for sale leaving him homeless. He turned to the VA for help and was then referred to HVAF for housing.
“Tyler walked in and said “OK, I’m here. How can I get my life in order?’” said HVAF Case Manager Andree Brian. “He was extremely determined and because of his determination we were able to achieve all of his goals.”
HVAF provided Tyler with housing and reintegration services as well as offered him programs and services that once served as barriers. He received free dental work, eye exams, as well as help filling out his social security benefits in which he later qualified. As a result, his self-esteem soared.
“I now feel a greater sense of peace,” adds Tyler. "The future looks bright again and I envision myself in my own apartment someday. I want to be healthy and happy.”
Today, Tyler is thankful to have a roof over his head at HVAF’s Loyd House. He is preparing three meals each day and that brings him a renewed sense of purpose.