Unexpectedly facing medical retirement from the Marines after 10 years of service, Sergeant Emmett was a bit apprehensive about how he would support his family after the Marines. At the same time, his father’s health was failing and the farm which his family had owned since 1833 was in danger of going under. Emmett asked and received a leave from his Commanding Officer to help his father harvest his crops. Returning home that fall, he harvested the crops, which necessitated the purchase of a combine tractor.
Fast forward, Emmett was retired from the Marines, but still waiting on his VA disability as he helped run the farm and worked various side jobs to keep afloat. Hoping to bridge the gap between his military pay and disability income, Emmett applied to SALUTE for assistance with car and tractor payments. Emmett expressed his gratitude and love of country in his letter of thanks:
“Thought I’d send you a photo of my son and I on the farm. He’s 2 and a half and loves it more than anything in the world. I’m a seventh-generation farmer in Pike County, Illinois and I know we aren’t a huge operation, but we have helped feed this state, this country and moreover our world since 1833. There is truly nothing I’d rather do and I couldn’t be more thankful for your organization helping me to continue with my passion. Thank you and God bless you for all for what you have done for me and my family.” Sgt Emmett USMC (Retired)