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Emergency funds for 2 veterans in need.

Team Member: Natalie Thompson

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Stephanie Breidenstein wrote -

Hi my name is Stephanie. I started this fundraiser as a last resort in hopes to save our home. Both my husband and I are veterans. No matter how long you've been out of service, it can be a constant struggle adjusting to civilian life. My husband and I work for the same company, a package delivery service. With it being the holiday season, we had hoped that would mean better hours. Quite the opposite as hours have been unreliable and inconsistent. My husband signed up to be a driver. Unfortunately after his 30 days of training he had to go back to preload, same as what I do. Making less than half of what he was before. He hasn't driven in over a month, and we've been suffering for it. He's been on a waiting list to drive again. The bills keep stacking up as we try to scrape up every penny to at least make rent. Even if we do manage rent we also need to pay electric, because if that's turned off we can get kicked out for that as well. I'm at risk of loosing my car, because I'm two going on three months behind on payments. At the very least we want to get caught up, and make it through to the new year. Even with everything on the line, I've been struggling with work. My anxiety, depression and everything else has been weighing me down. I want to look for a better job that won't set off so many triggers, but this is a rough time of year to switch jobs. I've been trying to launch my art career, but that's been slow going. I even created a Patreon in hopes to get support for my work. Not much has been pulling through for us. The calls from bill collectors won't stop, that is until our phones are shut off. I worry about being back on the streets, because I've been homeless before. This time around would be harder considering we have pets. We have two wonderful birds (macaws), and an adorable black cat. My kids have been dying to visit. They live with their grandparents, and I would love to have them visit for Christmas. I can't afford gifts, but would like to be able to afford to have their company. It would mean the world to me. I haven't seen them since this past summer. My husband and I would be so grateful for any help. We've been working so hard for years to get on top of things, but sometimes even the hardest working people face misfortune. Thank you for reading!

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