Formerly homeless Army Veteran receives home - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Formerly homeless Army Veteran receives home

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Army Veteran Michael Hancock opens the door to his new home.

By Erikka D. Neroes
Friday, February 8, 2013

Army Veteran Michael Hancock has a new four-bedroom home thanks to a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Habitat for Humanity.

Once homeless, Hancock now has a new set of keys, a new address and a new life - one far different from the life he remembers while living on the streets, under bridges and in the back of his truck.

"I'm so thankful for everyone who supported me on this journey," Hancock said. "I don't know where I would be if I had not received help from VA."

Hancock successfully completed VA programs designed to rehabilitate substance abuse and end homelessness. He also landed a job at Dallas VA Medical Center where he works in Food and Nutrition Service and has the opportunity to interact with other Veterans every day.

VA North Texas Health Care System volunteers, employees and volunteers from the community, including Bank of America and other Habitat for Humanity homeowners all pitched in for the construction of Hancock's new home.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Hancock celebrated with friends, neighbors and co-workers, including Jeffery Milligan, director of VA North Texas. Milligan, along with others, helped move Hancock into his home. "It's always great when we are able to make a difference in a Veteran's life," Milligan said. "We're all excited for Mr. Hancock and will continue to support him every step of the way."

It's evident the support Hancock receives is greatly appreciated. His smiles, laughs and tears are all followed by a huge "Thank You!" A response that Hancock said can never amount to the good deeds that turned his life around.

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