MACV Veteran Story: Alysia
“I’d be in a very different position without MACV. I’d still be homeless.” -Housed Army National Guard Veteran Alysia
Trapped in past trauma and struggling to stay sober, Army National Guard Veteran Alysia found herself at what she describes as “rock bottom.” She posted on her social media about her situation, hoping for assistance when a military connection got her linked with a MACV case manager.
In May, less than two weeks after being connected with MACV, Alysia was able to exit homelessness and move into a MACV transitional house where she began to rebuild her life. During this transitional phase, Alysia worked closely with her dedicated case manager to swiftly find a permanent place to call home.
In July, Alysia moved into her apartment, experiencing an enormous relief knowing she now had a permanent residence. Having her apartment provides Alysia with stability and allows her to host family members, becoming someone her family can now rely on.
Alysia shared, “MACV is a life-altering resource. Without stable housing, I couldn’t maintain my sobriety or high-stress job.”
Now, on solid ground, Alysia’s determination knows no bounds. In 2020, she earned her associate degree and has since embarked on a journey towards a business degree, all while working full-time. She is celebrating her achievement of being sober for six months and, in her spare time, is a part of the Mile In My Shoes (MIMS) Nokomis Running Team. She enjoys the MIMS running team because “it’s great to be a part of a running group with shared experiences.” Additionally, Alysia loves to sing, is a passionate powerlifter, and dedicates numerous hours to training at the gym.
MACV proved to be a life-altering resource for Alysia, propelling her toward a brighter future filled with stability, education, and a robust support system. Click here to donate now and make a difference in the lives of veterans just like Alysia who are striving for a better tomorrow!