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Never Give Up

Michael Wright standing on the side of one of the Fresno VA Medical Center Monuments, which shows the seals of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines and the words “Honoring All Who Served”

If you are a Veteran in crisis or a loved one, VA is here to help you.

By Laisa Leao, Public Affairs Specialist
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

If you enjoy your freedom today, please thank the men and women who sacrificed their lives to keep America free. They bravely raised their right hands and promised to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies. Most of them were shipped to foreign lands to fight for democracy and defend our country. Some of them did not come back home. And for those who did, things changed. 

Michael Wright is an Army Veteran who struggled adjusting from military to civilian life for many years. He developed addiction to alcohol, which led him to a divorce, unemployment and, ultimately, homelessness.

“I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” said Wright. “My mother was the one who brought me to the Fresno VA Medical Center, so I could be diagnosed and treated.”

Wright has fought many battles during his recovery process, and has come a very long way in his journey. He has been sober for six years, volunteering in the Substance Use and Abuse Program for two years, and is about to graduate from college. Moreover, Wright has been recently hired at the Fresno VA Medical Center as the Peer Support Counselor.

“The Fresno VA Medical Center never gave up on me, and at the same way, I will never leave a Veteran behind,” said Wright.

Remember – seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Let VA help. Dr. Peter Leong is the Fresno VA Medical Center Substance Use and Abuse Program Coordinator. He can be reached at 559-225-6100 extension 4128 and will be happy to assist you.  


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