The right help at the right time.

Demarcus Wells  

Demarcus Wells, 35, spent four years in the Air Force as a firefighter. He had hoped to spend many more.

“I like the professionalism that the military stands for,” said Wells. “And I like how close everyone is. It’s like a big family."

Unfortunately, Wells’ military career was cut short when he injured his lower back during training. With three bulging discs that pushed down on three nerves, Wells suffered from constant back and knee pain. 

Wells, 35, enjoyed his civilian job as a personal trainer, but his constant knee and back pain made it difficult to keep up. As a single dad of two children, ages 11 and 2, Wells found himself in a tight spot.

“I just couldn’t do my job,” said Wells. “My kids needed new school clothes, and I needed gas in my car to get them to school. It was rough.”

Wells did some research online and came across the VFW Unmet Needs program. He applied and received a generous grant.

“Getting this grant put a big smile on my face,” said Wells. “It was a huge release of stress. I am so thankful and grateful for the help. 

“When I get back on my feet, I want to reach out and help someone else.”



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