The Voice of A “Vet”

black-female-soldier-salutingMy name is Meagan Washington-Sims; I am 24 years old and a 5 year veteran of the U.S. Army. I relocated back home to Chicago in October of last year after being honorably discharged to embark on the next chapter of my life. Shortly after my return, I was introduced to Ms. Doll Smith by her niece Marsha. I had no idea that meeting her would have such a large impact on my life.

Ms. Smith has a vision to help veterans and their families avoid homelessness, acquire needed resources and obtain much needed skills to progress in civilian life. I have never met someone with a burning desire to help others just because it is the right thing to do. Ms. Smith is that person. She has helped me so much during my transition and if there was something she could not do herself, she would point me in the right direction.

Under her guidance, I have accomplished so much in the past year. In March, I moved into my own apartment. In July, I started working part-time. In August, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and in September, I received my rating decision from the VA for disability compensation. In the future, I look forward to assisting Ms. Smith as she works toward accomplishing the goals for DOLL, INC. Her vision is definitely one needed for helping those like myself of this important yet often forgotten population. Thank you for everything, Ms. Smith.

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