Isaiah Wroot, 24-year-old Army Veteran, needed his 1995 Jeep Cherokee repaired. It wasn’t drivable and had to be towed to an automotive repair shop for an estimate. With the financial help of some of our local community partners we were able to get his vehicle repaired. Please read on:
February 12, 2021
“It's been a few days since I got my car back, and I think I've found the words I need to thank you.
It took me several days, because well, how do you thank someone who has changed your life so astronomically? To some people this may seem as a good deed or a small obstacle for others, but for me what's happened is a miracle.
I got out of the Army in Dec. 2017, after serving in Germany as OPFOR in the 1-4 Infantry for two years I got out on an MEB. Since then it's been rough, trying to find your place in a world that isn't on the same page as you anymore has been difficult to say the least. I spent my first six or so months out of service homeless. It wasn't until August of 2018 that I finally moved into a new place that I could afford. Since then I've bounced from job to job, being fired or leaving due to stress.
After jumping around and struggling for a few years I feel like I'm finally getting a sense of things, but then COVID hits. I'm furloughed and then later fired. These last 11 or so months have been spent just watching and thinking. I'm immune compromised from the disability I got out of service with, so to a certain extent, what choice was I left with? I made ends meet with the help of friends and the occasional stimulus check, but eventually, I ran out of money, out of patience from my friends, I was left with nowhere to go with nothing to do to fix my situation.
I'm talking to my therapist about this when she brings up the Qualified Listeners. I was skeptical at first, but I called and was met with friendly voices. I explained a bit of my situation, how I needed my car fixed to get to working, and they said they'd take a look around, which was the best news I'd heard in weeks.
Not only did you, and the Qualified Listeners give me my vehicle back, but you gave me back my independence, my freedom, and my ability to sustain myself again. This is more than just a car, it is a personal investment in me. Words cannot describe how thankful I am that I can just exist in this COVID-induced new world we find ourselves in, without having to put my health and safety at risk.
For the first time since service, it doesn't feel like I'm alone out here anymore. Thank you, from my family to yours."
Isaiah P. Wroot
Thank you to the following community partners who helped us help Isaiah:
Berthoud VFW Post 12189
Greeley Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8
Fort Collins VFW Post 1781
Fort Collins VFW Post 1781 Auxiliary
LaPorte American Legion Post 4
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible."
- Helen Keller