The ailing U.S. Marine veteran wondered if he’d ever work again. At 53, Clayton Davenport had lost his left leg to an amputation and has struggled with advanced lung cancer.
“I’m in a lot of pain and I’m on a lot of medicine, and so, no one wanted to hire me,” said Davenport, who lives in Port Pierce on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Three months ago, his fate changed when he responded to a job posting from Veterans Support Organization.
“They hired me right away and gave me a chance,” he said.
Since then, the paychecks from VSO have enabled Davenport to buy more groceries, pay his bills and save some money.
“They made me feel good about my life,” he said.
That’s not all VSO did.
Another sick veteran who is a friend of Davenport needed a new water heater for his home in Port St. Lucie. After Davenport told VSO about his friend, VSO gave a $250 check to American Legion Post 318, which then passed the money on to Davenport’s friend.
Before long, Davenport’s friend had hot water again at his home.
“That was so nice of them,” he said. “VSO has given my friend so much.”
“And they have given me a chance at a better life, too,” he added.