• Walter Carmickle

My Story.. 

Updated: Feb 13, 2020

My name is Walter Carmickle. I am a disabled Veteran who served my country with honor. After being medically separated from the Army with issues with my knees. They swell and go down over the years to the point I couldn't stand the pain. The VA took me off work in October of 2018. I had no income at all. I'm thinking I'll have surgery and get it fixed. This will be the worst experience in my life. From being diagnosed and sent away from the hospital being told if the call to give you a referral just say no. Being lost in the system to the point I had to contact Washington D.C.. Only to find out they had lost all my records. No mind you I'm just out here floating. My job wants a note because I've been out of work for a while. I had to hire a local physician to right notes so I don't get fired. Now being told to call the homeless Veterans number to be told we cant help you until you get evicted. Then I can get temporary housing in a city that's over an hour away from my job. They told me to apply for foodstamps. Denied!! What I found out sitting in a church looking around the room. I'm working a good job making 65k a year. Out of work till june 2019 when I finally had surgery on my knee. Then to find out I have to resign because the initial issue in my knee had taking a drastic turn for the worse. Now I see my brothers and sisters out here dealing with the issues with the VA. Their time table can have you homeless, utilities turned off, evicted and soldiers already suffering from mental illness. It's enough to push you over the edge. It's time to take care of our own. Then Strong Arms Veteran Emergency Foundation was born. Our goal is to be in all 50 states support our brothers and sisters in arms. We are done depending on the government. We Are The People....

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