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Las Vegas veteran recovers from COVID-19 after losing job, receives help along the way from US Vets

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 14:31:51-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Getting back into the workforce may be something many people are focusing on right now, but that transition can be extremely difficult to do for veterans. Especially those who are homeless or facing homelessness.

“I’m over here by myself and I really don’t have anybody,” said Max Phimmarath.

Max is a Navy veteran who served five years in the military as an engineer stationed at Pearl Harbor. His favorite memories include traveling across the world to places like Guam, Thailand and Japan.

“Being able to travel to different countries, meeting a lot of people who have so little but they’re so happy with what they got, and they are so grateful for everything,” said Max.

But in October 2019, Max lost his job and became homeless. He didn’t have a support system of his own in Las Vegas, so he turned to U.S. Vets for help.

“We feel like there should be no veterans who are homeless after the service they provided,” said Shalimar Cabrera, the executive director for U.S. Vets Las Vegas.

The organization acts as a steppingstone between homelessness and permanent housing. Shalimar says, U.S. Vets is the largest provider of housing and support services for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

They provide housing, food, learning services and resources, career coaching, counseling and more.

While Max was getting help, he faced another huge challenge and tested positive for COVID-19. This put him in the hospital for two weeks.

“Everyday was a new milestone," said Shalimar. "Like, he’s off oxygen today, thank God."

Once Max was released from the hospital, U.S. Vets stepped and provided him with a place to quarantine and self-isolate.

“They checked up on me every day they brought me food and made sure I was okay,” said Max.

Now that Max has recovered, he is focusing on his future and getting back to work.

“Get myself back together get back on my feet again and just stay positive,” said Max.

If you need help or know someone who does you can reach out to U.S. Vets directly at USVetsInc.org.

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