served in the Air Force from 1973-1975.
His father made the military into his career, so Michael decided to
follow in his footsteps. “There wasn’t anything to do. [I was] in the middle of
nowhere so I though it was a good option, “ he said. In 1975, Michael started to struggle with
depression but didn’t know why. He turned to the base hospital and went to
counseling. Years had passed and Michael had moved from Arizona to Indiana. He
got his bachelor’s degree in
Public Affairs and minored in Philanthropy from IUPUI. Michael says he could not find a job working as a telemarketer, when he tried to take his life. That’s when
the VA referred him to HVAF. Through HVAF, he met his case manager, Jennifer.
Jennifer cares about Michael and wants him to succeed. He respects her so much
and considers her a friend. Michael lives at Manchester Apartments and is
starting a new job. “Things are looking
up. I’m gonna get through this.”