Our nation’s veterans struggle with unemployment, homelessness, and poverty. After serving our country, they deserve so much more. Today, we are able to share the story of a female veteran who no longer has to worry about having a place to call home.
While on active duty in Kentucky, she served as a Medic until 1977. From there, she joined the National Guard until 1988, during which time she had her only son and moved to Chicago. Linda then took a break from the military to focus on her family. But she couldn’t stay away forever. In 2003, she found herself back in Kentucky where she worked in the VA hospital and enlisted in the Army Reserves on her 50th birthday.
It was shortly after she re-enlisted with the armed forces that she was deployed to Iraq. While deployed, Linda suffered multiple injuries, and in 2008, Linda was medically retired from service.
When Linda first heard about the Homes on the Homefront program through Operation Homefront, she immediately applied for a home that was close to her family in Rockford, Illinois. She was awarded the mortgage-free home by none other than country music superstar Tim McGraw. This house allows her to be there for her family, and has removed the financial pressure of keeping a roof over her head.
“I am so grateful for organizations like Operation Homefront,” said Linda. “Life has been challenging since I’ve been retired, and I try to stay active helping out other veterans suffering from similar injuries. Now I have a home to call my own, and be close to my son and granddaughter. This house will be a blessing to our family, and hopefully I can let more troops know about the support they can receive from programs like Wounded Warrior Project and Homes on the Homefront.”
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