Vets appeal to VFW to support veterans home
Posted by : September 14, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–Members of the VFW Post 4376 in Seven Points heard a presentation Friday from Kevin Chapman and Chapman House resident Tom Terrell about preparations being made to open a modest home for displaced veterans, who may benefit from a transitional living facility.
The Cedar Creek Veterans Home is 60 percent completed, Chapman said. He solicited help from the VFW to assist him in completing needed repairs and furnishing a three-bedroom house in Trinidad, he had purchased and was donating for use as a treatment facility for male veterans wanting assistance to free themselves of drug and alcohol addictions.
The facility will use the successful 12-step recovery program. Qualified candidates for the living situation will include no prior record of violent crimes or sex offenses, must commit to at least six months in the program, have a strong desire to stop drug and alcohol use, must be willing to obtain a sponsor, attend all mandatory meetings and be able to self pay.
Tom Terrell, who said after 29 years of addiction, had recently been able to fully surrender his problem to God, face himself honestly and forgive himself for failing.
Terrell said Chapman house was instrumental in his recovery over the past six months and that he is now launching his own landscaping business. He has also been tapped to be the house manager for the new facility at 101 Wildwood Way, Trinidad in the Key Ranch Road area.
“There are two kinds of people in the world,” he said. “The lost and the found – I was lost for 29 years in drug addiction and God was not a stranger to me.” But he said all those years that he lacked the three most important ingredients necessary for recovery; surrender, honesty and forgiveness. Add to that the desperation to be willing to do anything to stay sober. He came to Chapman’s attention as he worked very hard at preparing the Chapman House property for its first anniversary celebration and his ability to pick up additional landscaping customers. “Your military background has assisted your self-discipline,” Chapman noted.
“I’m a U.S. Marine and will be till the day I die,” Terrell said. He sees his aspirations in landscaping and overseeing the home as a way he can help other vets like himself. “It takes a veteran to relate to a veteran,” he said.
Post Cmdr. Sam Burgess is hoping his membership will get behind the project and be able to oversee it entirely overtime. The program would offer residents a low-cost living, food and clothing assistance, alcohol and drug rehab assistance, fellowship with other veterans, GED assistance, mentoring, follow-up monitoring, medical treatment and counseling referrals and limited transportation.