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Veteran returns to active duty, marries with help of Transition House

Veteran marries after counseling

We rarely feature clients on our blog due to the confidential nature of our work here at The Transition House. 

But good news is hard to keep quiet. And every once in awhile, we like to share the success stories of folks we’ve helped over the years.

Our latest story of salvation is that of Max Vasquez Jr. The U.S. Army veteran was a former client of ours here in St. Cloud, Florida (also home to our administrative headquarters).

We helped him get on his feet with the help of the VA’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, also known as SSVF.

Max made a stellar recovery and afterward re-enlisted in the military. He’s now an active-duty soldier in the Army once again. He got back in touch with us this summer, just a few days before he was about to deploy. Not only was he doing well, he had just become a father and was engaged to be married.

He needed help tying the knot before deploying overseas. Our very own Yvette DeJesus helped make it happen with just 24 hours notice. Her formal title is Supervisor of Supportive Services for Families and Veterans, but that doesn’t come close to describing the hands-on work Yvette does with veterans like Max. She got her start in social work in New York City helping AIDS/HIV patients living on the streets. For the past several years, she’s worked to provide housing for veterans through SSVF and was even highlighted by the VA for her outstanding efforts.  

Not only did Yvette have the heart to help Max, she also had the credentials. She’s a notary public, which means she can officiate weddings. She performed the ceremony for Max, Elizabeth, and their baby, uniting them as a family in an intimate ceremony at Kissimmee Lakefront Park on August 1st. The couple’s siblings served as witnesses and Yvette signed the marriage certificate (her first, by the way!).

We couldn’t be happier for Max and his growing family, and we pray for his safe return. His incredible fortitude is characteristic of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. It’s these veterans who helped inspire our early mission and initial partnership with the VA. We’ve expanded our services in recent years to help more people, but veterans programs remain an integral part of our mission. And we’ll never get tired of rejoicing in the new beginnings our clients find after leaving us.

So again, congrats to Max! Many blessings, and Godspeed, young man.

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