David was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised by both his mother and father. David joined the Marines right out of high school, serving active duty from 1969 to 1972. He worked in security and specials weapons teams during the Vietnam War era.
David first became homeless in early March of 2013, after suffering from three long-term hospitalizations. He lost his job because his poor health kept him out of work for so many days, and he lost his housing as a result of that.
While visiting the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) he was referred to the Vets Connect program and entered after he left the hospital. The program connected him with transitional housing at Homes of Light and worked with a case manager to obtain benefits.
Now David lives in his own apartment in Atlanta. He really credits his success to the program, saying, ” it links you with people who really care;” that has made all the difference in helping David stabilize his health and find housing.
“My homeless experience left me with a deeper respect for people,” David confesses. He now spends his time writing poetry and reading as often as possible.