Larry's Story

Larry's Story

Following nearly a decade of naval service in Vietnam, Larry began a promising career as a chef, but lingering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder effects led to alcohol and drug abuse, loss of employment, and battered family relationships. When his wife passed away fourteen years ago, his situation worsened. He lost his home and any semblance of sobriety

After being homeless for more than a year, living out of his car, Larry learned of Los Angeles Family Housing’s (LAFH) vet program. He arrived in June 2012. Since then, Larry has obtained new eyeglasses, was connected to mental health services, received much needed dental work – “I’m able to smile again” – and is awaiting approval of his VASH voucher that will help him move into his own place within months.

Larry is now getting his life back together. He has given up drinking, is looking for work, and has had a chance to reconnect with his twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He beams, “Number five is on the way! If LAFH wasn’t here, I would have relapsed. I appreciate this place so much.”

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