James Bertram knows this well.
He’s 48, and living on the Treasure Coast of Florida.
For a long time, he struggled to find work. Any work.
“I just wanted to work. The economy was really bad and it was really hard out there to find a job,” said the disabled Marine.
Then, one day, he learned about Veterans Support Organization (VSO). He got a job right away raising donations from the public. The money he collects helps pay for his salary and it supports the agency’s work in helping other veterans. VSO provides jobs for veterans in communities across Florida, and donates back to those same communities by supporting veterans’ programs and organizations.
“I really like working with other veterans,” he said.
He’s been working for VSO for close to a year and has been able to pay his bills and live comfortable without the fear of losing everything.
“James is doing much better,” said Richard VanHouten, president and CEO of VSO, who hired him. “VSO works with many other veterans like James who need jobs and don’t want a handout. We give them the opportunity to work through our program and we help them rebuild their lives after struggling in so many ways for a long time.”
James said: “I’m grateful for this job.”