Next Step VETS: Thomas' Story

Thomas served in the U.S. Navy for five years before returning home to Brooklyn. Like far too many veterans, he struggled. "I could only get dead-end jobs and barely made ends meet," he reflects.

Facing eviction after being laid off, Thomas joined Next Step VETS, our award-winning employment program for veterans. Our staff helped prepare him to land a better job and he soon had three interviews.

Today, Thomas has a full-time job at Beth Israel Hospital, and he plans to pursue a degree in nutrition. "This is the highest paying job I've ever had," he says. "It allowed me to stay in my apartment, and now I'm able to live the life I always wanted."