VFW Unmet Needs Helps Military Family

Staff Sgt. Robert Brearey was trying to buy his own house and looking forward to retirement after nine years of service in the Army National Guard (136th Training Regiment). But things suddenly fell apart.

The family was paying on a mortgage and debt from legal fees when Brearey’s wife, Robin, lost her job. Suddenly, the two were trying to support their teenage boys on one paycheck. But the decrease in income didn’t stop the bills from coming.

“I was doing the best I could with what I had,” said Brearey.

He was determined to get through the tough time himself. But when the utility company shut off his water and he fell behind on mortgage payments, it just became too much.

“I don’t like having to ask for help,” he said. “It’s just not in my vocabulary.”

At the suggestion from someone in his chain of command, Brearey decided that he had to do something before it was too late, so he made a visit to the Family Resource Center.

“I’m glad they encouraged me, because otherwise, I would have kept stumbling and stumbling,” he said.

Brearey learned about VFW Unmet Needs, and as a veteran and member of the VFW, he knew he could turn to his comrades.

The VFW helped Brearey make his mortgage payments before the bank could foreclose on the house he had worked so hard for.

“I am now caught up on utilities, and I’m almost caught up with the mortgage,” he said. “Within the next couple of months, I should be completely caught up to where I’m making the regular payments on the loan.

“We’ve been blessed by the VFW,” he said. “We’re going to be good now.”

Brearey’s retirement from the military is approaching, and he hopes that he’ll have more time to get involved with the VFW.

“I need to start looking at schedules and find out when they meet,” he said. “With all the support I’ve gotten, people like the VFW are at the top of my list for donations.

“My family appreciates what the VFW has done, and when I’m able, I hope to donate whatever I can.”

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