“I am an unemployed Army veteran standing on a street corner holding a cupcake sign just to make money so I can pay the electric bill. I have three kids, 15, 10, and 6, all with special needs. This is my first day, and to be honest, I am not happy about standing on a corner holding a cupcake sign. I was stationed in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, and this is what I am reduced to, but it is teaching me humility. Right now I have one of two choices, keep going on and make things better or stop. A few months ago I tried to take my life two different times, but my brother and a friend intervened before I could activate my plan. My wife cheated on me online for ten years while I was serving overseas. I had to make a choice to walk away or rebuild the marriage, and we are still working it out.
The Army taught me to dig deep, improvise, and overcome, and that is what I am trying to do. I served ten years as a Coast Guard medic and I loved the job, so I am currently working with the VA to get into Daytona State College for nursing school. They have accepted me and I hope to start this summer. I am also a decent singer so I may start performing out here. I have sung the national anthem for Nascar and the Detroit Tigers when I was in the Coast Guard. I am just trying to pay the bills. I can’t even think about Christmas.”