HOUSTON — Where do those who gave their all fighting for our country go when they feel down and out?
“A veteran comes in, they have this look of despair on their face and they’re just lost, and they’re just almost at rock bottom in their life,” said Bryan Escobedo, coordinated services manager for Combined Arms. “They come in with all this fear and anxiety and they sit down with some of these organizations. They come up with a plan and they leave here with hope.”
Combined Arms is a collaboration of 29 military nonprofit organizations in Houston.
“We provide great career opportunities with companies that want to hire veterans and then we provide volunteer opportunities to be leaders in the community here in Houston,” Escobedo explained.
Run by veterans, the organization helps members of the military, some possibly coping with PTSD, transition back into civilian life.
“I’m extremely grateful and I’m also extremely encouraged,” Timothy Wyatt, of The Mission Continues, said. Post-traumatic stress disorder has a few different faces. There’s a multitude of symptoms, including depression and isolation.”
The collaborative group believes that by providing camaraderie, jobs and way to “give back” to the community, “out of touch” vets are able to reconnect with society.
“They’re uplifted. They feel that there’s something good coming in the future; something good is on the horizon, and that gives them hope,” Escobedo said.
“In order to prevent homelessness and some of the other issues that plague the veteran community, the best way to go about it is to be proactive and to have all the resources, in one facility under one roof, really makes it a smooth and easy transition” Wyatt said.
Helping their fellow brothers and sisters out during tough times might be the most important mission these soldiers have ever been on.