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ARMY, Served 1965-1968
Attended jump school in 1966 at Fort Brag.
He received orders to go to Vietnam in 1967. Gilbert’s wife was pregnant with his first born. He begged the Chaplin to speak with the General to allow him time to witness the birth of his first born. His son Gilbert Jr. was born and 6 weeks later Gilbert Sr. left for combat at 22 years old.
His unit experienced a 40% casualty rate. Gilbert himself stepped on a land mine, he heard the click and he says his wife and newborn son’s face flashed before him… one guy from his unit started digging around the land mind, Gilbert ordered him to stop to save himself, the young man pushed Gilbert off the land mind, there was no explosion, upon further inspection, NO explosive was ever put in the land mine.
Many life experiences later, Gilbert was laid off, he found himself homeless from 2010 to 2014.
He chanced upon a flyer that read ‘Homes for Veterans’. Gilbert has lived in permanent supportive housing for almost 5 years; he was the 3rd resident to move into the Veterans Village.
Since living in his permanent housing, he has been able to pay off debt and find stability, reconnect with his family and purchase a vehicle. He is stable and thriving in a supportive environment in a beautiful home that he is able to afford with the help of a housing voucher.
Please support Permanent Supportive Housing; it’s a model that works. This is a housing first model and includes services to support those suffering from chronic homelessness to keep our residents stably housed.
Gilbert is a proud Veteran and we appreciate his service. He’s our resident photographer, loves chocolate caramel, playing bingo and dancing to “play the funky music”.