At the beginning of this summer, we were honored to be able to assist the Brown family as they transition back into Civilian life. Below is their story – written by Mrs. Brown.
Mr. & Mrs. Brown’s Story:
…his supervising officers took the phone and asked me how I was. That’s when I knew something was wrong.
In August of 2015 my husband was away on a typical training field operation. I received a call from his cell phone and answered to what I thought was a normal before-bed conversation. He and I talked for a moment when I realized he was speaking very slurred. I actually asked him if he had been drinking (of course not in the field, right). At that moment one of his supervising officers took the phone and asked me how I was. That’s when I knew something was wrong.
He said to me, “Mrs. Brown, your husband has had an accident. He is okay, but he is injured, and we are heading to the Naval Hospital. It will take us a while to get there, so I will call you when you should leave your house.” I hung up and waisted ZERO time. Immediately I headed to the hospital and waited what seemed like hours for him to arrive. I ran out of the ER waiting room as soon as I saw the medic truck pull up (NOT an ambulance to my surprise). He got out, was immediately put on a stretcher and neck braced.
“Hey, it’s that lady I live with.”
They didn’t let me near until we were inside of the Emergency Room. And when we got in, I understood why: he didn’t know me. Long story short my husband had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from hitting his head on an up-armored 7 ton. When I began to walk toward him, he said verbatim, “Hey, it’s that lady I live with.” and that’s all he remembered of me.
In May 2019, after 3 ½ years of multiple therapies (including some to help his memory), lots of medical tests, headaches, body pain, and much much more, the Marine Corps finally decided to discharge my husband. Medically retired after 5 years of active duty service.
Back to Civilian World
Back to the civilian world. It’s pretty scary to be thrown back into something that seems so unknown anymore. When we realized how expensive it is to rent and cover bills most places, not on a military base we started to panic. Just DAYS before we moved back to Wisconsin, I met a wonderful woman who said she knew someone who might be able to help us! I received a call from Mr. Hodel who asked for some information about the history of my husband’s injury and how he could help us. I told him that I wasn’t sure exactly what he could do for us, but anything would be helpful!
I don’t know how we could ever repay Stand for Vets for this miracle they have provided us with. Thank you so much.
Stand For Vets
He called us back a few days later saying they were going to pay our first two months of rent at our new apartment. I was absolutely shocked! This was such a relief for us. With the money, we had to put up a front to move from California to Wisconsin and move in costs at our new apartment, our savings and last paychecks from the Marine Corps were totally gone. Bank account literally at $0 with no source of income until my husband’s VA assistance begins (it still hasn’t – July 2019). This help from Stand for Vets has allowed me time to find a job (since my husband is now 100% disabled) and start making money so we could cover our own expenses. They allowed us TWO MONTHS to breathe and save which enabled us to get back on our feet. We would be in so much debt and possibly even homeless without this amazing gift they have given us, and we are forever thankful. I don’t know how we could ever repay Stand for Vets for this miracle they have provided us with. Thank you so much.