In the midst of the 2020 pandemic crisis, a Vietnam Veteran found himself at home, isolated, alone, facing an eviction notice. Cramer had lost his job of nearly 20 years prior to the pandemic, and was unable to secure further employment before the mandatory lockdowns. He had fallen behind on his rent, struggled to adjust to a new budget, and was at a loss as to what to do.
Doug is Cramer's neighbor. He had no idea Cramer was struggling until he opened up to share that he would be evicted in two weeks unless something could be done. Searching for resources, Doug stumbled across a veteran owned business profile listed with the Chamber of Commerce.
This connection enabled Doug to begin the process of advocating on behalf of Cramer to see what steps could be taken to avert the eviction notice. That phone call was made to me. As a veteran, I coached Doug through several steps to take to help get the Cramer connected to resources. This took time, and the threat of eviction hung over our heads. Unfortunately, time was not on our side, and there is a minimum of a 30 day turn around when petitioning federal funds for assistance.
No other nonprofit had funds to provide for immediate assistance. Everyone was drained. Except for the organization, GallantFew, whom I continued volunteer for. Doug created a GoFundMe account together to try and raise funds in this way. This helped provide some assistance. The apartment complex was made aware of actions being taken on Cramer's behalf, and they agreed to work with him.
Doug is a Veteran Advocate who has stood beside Cramer for the past few months to help Cramer get back on his feet. They have forged a rare, yet unique relationship which allows Doug to continue to work on behalf of this one veteran. He feels that veterans have done their part to serve our country, the least he can do is help assist veterans in their time of need.
Oh, and the best part is that Cramer got to keep his apartment! There is still work to be done on behalf of this veteran, so we continue to monitor the situation. Service. Respect. Honor. We will continue to Fight the Good Fight!
~ Paula Morgan, Twin Rotors Mission President and Founder