HELP DURING A DIFFICULT TIME

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BACK ON TRACK

BACK ON TRACK

Army veteran Derek lost his job at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He applied for and received unemployment benefits, but they were eventually exhausted, and he had no money to pay his rent.  Locating SALUTE, INC. via an online search for veteran assistance, Derek applied for help with his rent and cell phone bill.  … Continued

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A GOOD MOVE

A GOOD MOVE

A Marine veteran with over eight years of service, Sergeant Roberto and his family needed to move to a new town in order to get him closer to Veteran Administrative services and have a safer neighborhood for his son.  Roberto and his wife rented out their current house, and secured a small rental home 50 … Continued

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FINDING A BALANCE

FINDING A BALANCE

Army specialist Tonya served honorably for more than 6 years, including  time in Iraq. Retired from the Army, Tonya  worked for the Internal Revenue Service, and started a family which included a beautiful son and daughter.  A single parent, Tonya felt obliged to leave her secure job to care for her disabled son.  Knowing  she … Continued

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TIMELY ASSISTANCE

TIMELY ASSISTANCE

Army Specialist Cesar served in the Army National Guard in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Deployed to Kuwait, he was seriously injured and sent back to the states to recover.  Still active duty in the National Guard and recovering from recent surgery related to his service injuries, Cesar was waiting for medical orders that would … Continued

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RENEWED

RENEWED

Army Specialist Noah proudly served for four years during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Returning home, he married and settled down as a family man, working for the US Postal Service.  Eight years after leaving the service, Noah realized that his lingering PTSD was greatly impacting his daily life.  Despite his responsibilities as a husband, father and … Continued

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HELP DURING A CRISIS

HELP DURING A CRISIS

Sergeant Kurt proudly served in the U S Army for over five years, including several tours of duty in Iraq.  Health issues forced him to retire, so he returned home and began his life as a civilian. His job was going well until he was let go due to COVID layoffs.  Kurt contacted the bank, … Continued

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STABILITY FOR THE FAMILY

STABILITY FOR THE FAMILY

Sergeant Anthony proudly served in the US Army for almost nine years, including several tours of duty in Iraq.  After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Anthony left the military, and was subsequently rated 100% service connected due to his extensive injuries.  Needing additional income for his family, Anthony started working at his first post-service civilian … Continued

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GETTING BACK ON TRACK

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

Sergeant Stephen served over 5 years in the Army Airborne Division, and then served our country again in the Army National Guard. After retiring from the military, Stephen worked for many years in the civilian sector, until his service-related PTSD and depression overwhelmed him.  His mental health struggles caused him to lose his job.  Seeking … Continued

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ASSISTANCE DURING HARD TIMES

ASSISTANCE DURING HARD TIMES

Army Private First-Class Daniel enlisted in the Army after high school, and after completing his required active duty, he joined the National Guard.  While serving his country in the Guard, Daniel worked through many assignments.  When the country was struggling with the pandemic, Daniel’s National Guard unit was assigned to work at the state COVID-19 … Continued

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TAKING TIME TO RECOVER

TAKING TIME TO RECOVER

Senior Airman Jonathon served in the U. S. Airforce for over four years, including deployments to Iraq.  Returning home from his time in the military, Jonathon began his career as a firefighter, married his sweetheart and happily welcomed two children into the family.  Although on the surface it seemed that life was perfect for Jonathon, … Continued

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ON THE JOURNEY TO MENTAL WELLNESS

ON THE JOURNEY TO MENTAL WELLNESS

Army Staff Sergeant Jack is a combat veteran of both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Jack was severely injured in Iraq from an IED incident and injured again in Afghanistan.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries and recovered at a military hospital.  One lasting legacy of his 11 years of service … Continued

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A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

Army Specialist Justin served in both the Army and the Air Force, focusing on linguistics. Justin contacted SALUTE for help after he became ill with COVID and subsequently lost his job, resulting in him needing assistance with rental payments.  SALUTE was able to pay his overdue rent, and Justin has a new job as an … Continued

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ROOM TO BREATHE

ROOM TO BREATHE

Lieutenant Colonel Teresa had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force before retiring after 24  years of service. Teresa needed help with her service-related injuries and found the perfect hospital-based program dedicated to mental health issues.  However, the program required Teresa to take two weeks off of work, which would not be … Continued

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A SAFE RIDE FOR THE FAMILY

A SAFE RIDE FOR THE FAMILY

Sgt Charles served almost 11 years in the U S Army, first as a chaplain assistant and then a cavalry scout.  During his time in the Army, Charles was deployed three times, (including tours in Iraq and Kuwait), where he was severely injured in an IED explosion. Upon his return home, he also suffered a … Continued

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VETERAN, TEACHER, MENTOR

VETERAN, TEACHER, MENTOR

Just two weeks out of high school, Patrick joined the US Army and served three years active duty, three years with the National Guard, completed college and then  went on to officer candidate school.  After commissioning, he served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer for 13 years.  Following his time as an Army officer, Patrick … Continued

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NEW HOPE

NEW HOPE

Jeremy served in the Army for several years, took a break, and then re-enlisted as an Army Chaplain for an infantry battalion engaged in regular combat with the Taliban and other terrorist groups.  During his years of service, Jeremy provided support to his fellow soldiers but also absorbed many hurtful situations, leading to a significant … Continued

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FULL OF JOY

FULL OF JOY

Staff Sergeant Sarah devoted over 18 years to the US Army, working as an IT specialist.  Following her retirement from the service, Sarah worked on taking care of her two teenage sons and furthering her education.  She was a successful independent IT consultant, as well as a part-time teacher at a nearby university. When the … Continued

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AROUND THE WORLD IN SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY

AROUND THE WORLD IN SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY

Five deployments took Army veteran Dominic to countries  around the world:  Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Korea, just to name a few.  Many of Dominic’s twenty years of service were spent working on the Patriot Missile system.  Injuries sustained during those twenty years of service followed Dominic into retirement, particularly his lingering Post-Traumatic Stress … Continued

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CARE FOR A CHERISHED FRIEND

CARE FOR A CHERISHED FRIEND

Specialist Martin worked as an Army infantryman for over 10 years and served in the Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom campaigns.  Seriously injured during his service, Martin retired from the Army. One of his lingering service-related injuries was post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which was greatly eased by the companionship of his service dog, Annie.  When … Continued

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AN UNEXPECTED GESTURE

AN UNEXPECTED GESTURE

Veteran Robin served over twelve years as a Maintenance Management Analyst.  The Air Force maintains tens of thousands of pieces of equipment in support of their missions and daily operations. And all of the maintenance activities must operate within fixed budgets and defined schedules. Robin’s job was to determine the cost efficiency of these activities. … Continued

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DRIVING TO A SECURE FUTURE

DRIVING TO A SECURE FUTURE

Captain Brendan committed his life to the U.S. Army for over nine years.  Towards the end of his career he needed  surgery to alleviate a serious medical problem, and following that, he chose to retire.  He and his wife had a happy life and a secure financial situation, until COVID-19 cost Brendan his job.  Without … Continued

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HELP THROUGH TELEMEDICINE

HELP THROUGH TELEMEDICINE

Air Force veteran Chris was looking for help with his lingering PTSD and the side effects of a traumatic brain injury.  During his four years of service, Chris was deployed to Iraq in the financial management area, and served as a comptroller journeyman. After some research, he located a hospital-based program that was operating via … Continued

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IN MEMORIAM

IN MEMORIAM

With a heavy heart, we report the passing of Marine Corps veteran Austin Gibson on August 11, 2020, due to complications from pneumonia.  Only 26 years old, Austin was a proud Marine with extensive training in diving and parachuting.  In 2018, Austin suffered a tragic jumping accident where his parachute equipment malfunctioned, leaving him paralyzed … Continued

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ON THE ROAD BACK TO HEALTH

ON THE ROAD BACK TO HEALTH

Captain Noelle enjoyed her career in the Army, serving for almost eight years before she became ill with severe flu-like symptoms.  Unable to fulfill her job requirements, Noelle was forced to retire from service and then spent over a year consulting with doctors for a diagnosis of her illness.  Once it was determined she was … Continued

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HELP DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

HELP DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Navy Petty Officer First Class Terry proudly served our country for 20 years.  Since his retirement from active duty, Terry has worked in the hospitality and food service industry.  Unfortunately, he recently lost his job due to the pandemic, and was struggling to put food on the table and pay his mortgage.  He reached out … Continued

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INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR

INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR

Staff Sergeant Jim devoted four years to the Marine Corps, which included tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Returning home, Jim found a good job and established a happy home with his wife and four children.  Seeking assistance with the invisible wounds of war, Jim found mental health treatment at the Jessie Brown … Continued

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HELP DURING CHALLENGING TIMES

HELP DURING CHALLENGING TIMES

Sergeant First Class Anthony served for 26 years in the Army, which included service in many different parts of the world, as well as Afghanistan.  Upon retirement, Anthony settled back in his home town and dedicated himself to his family and his job.  The family was doing well until COVID-19 impacted Anthony’s employment, reducing his … Continued

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SOLDIER, HUSBAND AND FATHER

SOLDIER, HUSBAND AND FATHER

Army specialist John dedicated seven years of his life to serving our country, which included tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.  John’s duties included work as a Chemical Operations Specialist, a soldier trained to handle all types of weapons threats as well as decontaminate hazardous material spills or accidents, and biological or nuclear releases. … Continued

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ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION

ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION

Army veteran Kristy does not let her service-related disability slow her down, nor her responsibilities as a single mother of two.  Despite many challenges, she has worked full-time, until a recent surgery required her to take a leave without pay from her job.  During her recovery, her car broke down, and she was left without … Continued

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A CARING AND GIVING HEART

A CARING AND GIVING HEART

Army Sergeant First Class Kathy served as a Nurse Specialist for over 20 years. During her time in the Army, Kathy traveled to Iraq and other countries, working in emergency nursing care as needed. Her lengthy service resulted in numerous injuries which led to permanent disability. Retired from the service in early 2020 and still … Continued

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APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE

APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE

Army Sergeant Sam devoted more than eleven years of his life to serving our country, including multiple tours of duty in Iraq.  Sam served as a horizontal construction engineer, responsible for operation heavy equipment used in construction projects for the Army.  Upon retirement, Sam and his wife (also an Army veteran!),  moved the family to … Continued

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MAKING STRIDES

MAKING STRIDES

Meet Colonel Jeff, an Air Force fighter pilot who has served over 24 years, including time spent at Afghanistan and other overseas locations, as well work at the Pentagon.   He recently served as the Director of Operations J3 US Forces Japan.  In that role, Jeff directed routine and contingency operations for 50,000+ military members across … Continued

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A STABLE FUTURE

A STABLE FUTURE

Army Specialist Lynn served overseas with the US Army, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan. After her time in the military, Lynn worked in a variety of jobs, but continued to struggle with PTSD and other injuries, while supporting her daughter on her own.  At one point, unable to pay her bills, Lynn filed … Continued

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MOVING FORWARD

MOVING FORWARD

Twenty years of service in the US Army provided Sergeant Joshua with a deep satisfaction that he had served his country to the very best of his ability.  Now retired, Joshua was looking for a civilian job to help support his family of five.  With a 100% service connection, Joshua had a daily battle with … Continued

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EXTENDING HELP THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME

EXTENDING HELP THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME

Proud Marine veteran, Cathy was seeking mental health treatment for lingering damage from her time in the service, which was compounded by additional stress due to the pandemic.  Fortunately, she was able to enroll in a hospital-based mental health treatment program, participating via telemedicine.  The program was very successful – Cathy described it as the … Continued

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REGAINING STRENGTH

REGAINING STRENGTH

In October, 2019, active duty Navy Chief Petty Officer Nick went in for a spinal steroid injection in his lower back and immediately lost function and feeling of his legs and feet. He started having seizure-like spasms that lasted up to six hours.  After several days in ICU, he was transferred to another hospital, but … Continued

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