Jake felt like a “lost soul” after his injury. VA helped him regain his spirit.

Jake felt like a “lost soul” after his injury. VA helped him regain his spirit.


[MUSIC]>>TEXT: Jake, Marine Corps
Veteran, VA, Health care>>SPEAKING: Hello, my name is
Jake, United States Marine Corps. The VA was very
instrumental in my rehab. The VA handles all of my
medications, my therapy, and they assist me in just about
every way that I could imagine. I’m very honored because I don’t
think I could get this assistance anywhere else. When I
was first injured, I did my therapy — my first injury, and
I did all my therapy, most of my main therapy at Metro Hospital
from a Dr. Frost. He’s a great doctor, spinal doctor. And after
I left there, I went to the Cleveland VA. From the Cleveland
VA is really where I became active. Really, back then, they
were really, really great with picking up a poor lost soul like
myself and bringing him back to life. If you’re a Veteran
interested in almost anything — housing, ramps, vehicles — I
would suggest that you go to one of the Veterans reps such as a
PVA, DAV, Marine Corps Legion, Vietnam Vets. You go down there,
they sit down there, they seat you, and they ask, they see your
needs. They ask your needs, they see what physical conditions
you’re in, or what you qualify for, and they will share with
you your qualifications. Now, after they share with you
your qualifications, they will ask you, “What can I do for
you?” Give them a suggestion of what you need, and they go to
work. If you find a person that has a disability and he’s very
aggressive, very outgoing, going, doing this, and you see
another person maybe had that same disability, and maybe
they’re just coming home, and they figure their life is over,
there’s nothing. “Look at me. What am I going to do?” And they
see this, and so they say, “Whoa, I could do that, and
maybe more.” What I would say to that generation is “Don’t give
up on the VA” — because if you try to go somewhere else and try
to seek help somewhere else, you’re going to find out it’s
going to be twice or maybe three times as hard. If you go
anywhere, you’re going to have to wait, and you may not get it.
OK? But at the VA, they basically meet all Veterans’
essential needs and beyond.  So it’s hard in the beginning
when someone is telling you this — but see, my thing is
that a “show” beats a “tell” every time.>>TEXT: Don’t miss out on
benefits you may have earned. Visit VA.gov

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