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A Hand Up For a Vet

A veteran of Desert Storm, Laura was no stranger to challenges, but this single mother was losing the battle to provide for her family. See how you helped restore her hope and dignity. Read Transcript


Reporter: LAURA BOWER

FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF

HER FATHER AND GRANDFATHER

BY SERVING IN THE U.S.

ARMY.

SHE WAS A TACTICAL

MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST

DURING DESERT STORM.

IT WAS SUCH A NEAT THING

TO BE A PART OF DEFENDING

OUR COUNTRY AND DEFENDING

WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.

Reporter: AFTER A

10-YEAR MILITARY CAREER,

LAURA RETURNED HOME.

UNFORTUNATELY, SHE HAD

DEVELOPED SEVERE BACK AND

JOINT PROBLEMS.

SHE HAD TO GO ON DISABILITY

AND COULDN'T WORK

FULL-TIME.

BUT LAURA WASN'T ABOUT TO

LET THAT STOP HER,

ESPECIALLY WITH TWO KIDS TO

RAISE.

WITH A LOVE FOR HORSES AND

RANCH WORK, LAURA TOOK A

PART-TIME JOB AS A

THERAPEUTIC RIDING

INSTRUCTOR.

SHE WORKS WITH AT-RISK YOUTH

AND DISABLED CHILDREN.

IT HAS HELPED ME TO

CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

I CAN SEE IN DEPTH WHERE A

LOT OF PEOPLE ARE COMING

FROM IN THIS JOB.

I'M ABLE TO INTERACT AND BE

A PART OF THAT.

Reporter: BY NOW, LAURA

WAS SEPARATED FROM HER

HUSBAND.

SO DESPITE HER BEST EFFORT,

HER PAYCHECK AND DISABILITY

PAYMENTS WEREN'T MEETING HER

FAMILY'S NEEDS.

EACH DAY WAS A STRUGGLE

TO GET FOOD ON THE TABLE AND

GAS TO GO TO WORK, GET THE

KIDS TO SCHOOL, GO TO WORK.

ALL OF THE BILLS WERE ALWAYS

BEHIND.

AND WE WERE SCRAPING FOR

FOOD AND EVERYTHING.

Reporter: LAURA TURNED

TO "HILL COUNTRY MINISTRY

DAILY BREAD," A CBN

PARTNER.

SHE CAME IN, SHAMED,

EMBARRASSED, AND A LOT OF

THINGS GOING ON SHE DIDN'T

EVEN SHARE IN THE INITIAL

VISIT.

BUT WHEN I THANKED HER FOR

BEING A VETERAN AND SERVING

OUR COUNTRY, SHE PUT THAT

PRIDE BACK ON.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT

CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY.

AND IT WASN'T A PITY THAT

MADE ME FEEL LOWER THAN I

ALREADY FELT.

IT WAS A, LET'S GIVE YOU A

HAND UP.

IT WASN'T A HAND OUT.

LET'S HELP YOU REACH WHAT

YOU NEED TO DO.

WHEN THOSE DOORS OPEN TO

THE TRUCK THAT COMES TO HILL

COUNTRY MINISTRY, DAILY

BLESSING, THAT IS HOPE THAT

COMES OUT.

EVERY ITEM THAT COMES TO

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS HOPE

IN SOMEONE'S LIFE.

HAVING SOMEONE THAT CAN

HELP YOU STEP UP AND OUT OF

THE BAD SITUATION, AND

HAVING THAT SPIRITUAL

FEEDING OF THE SOUL, THAT'S

INCREDIBLE, BEYOND

INCREDIBLE.

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