I am 60 yrs. old & a US Vet…I served in the US AirForce from ’77-’80, as a ‘combat security police officer’ in Germany.
I volunteered for six yrs., not the under pressure of a judge or family. I had a plethora of impediments and no support from my superiors resulting in an ‘Under than honourable discharge…” I can only guess that because I was older with 22 years of experience, well educated, well traveled, and engaged to a Dutch national and with a recent promotion, some of my peers became jealous and angry, which set me up to be isolated, and subjected to a lot of cruel and unreasonable behaviors.
I was eventually kicked out of the military. I didn’t completely fit in the norm, so I was exposed to extreme negative treatment from my superiors. I didn’t fit the mold of being the average ‘black American’ they were used to… at least this is what I painfully experienced.
I was discharged in 1980. For 32 yrs, I lived off-grid, homeless, addicted to drugs, and with a broken soul… Even my family disowned me. All that time I suffered from PTSD, hunger, loneliness, anger, and exhaustion. In 2011 I went to a “Veteran Stand Down’, where I was told that I was a veteran. For the next 3 yrs, I struggled & fought hard to come back on-grid. I found God, who saved me from death and gave me life again.
Since being at Harvest House, I have regained hope, faith, direction, and a strong purpose to live, work, and serve. I am deeply grateful for Jim, Tucker & Ms. Erin for loving me back to health. I serve Harvest House with integrity, dignity, and respect. I owe my life to these people and this sanctuary. I guard, defend, and protect Harvest House with my life: blood, body, heart, and ‘right mind’.
I am committed to always give my best with strong conviction. I am truly humbled by what God has done for me. I hold high the standards of Harvest House without fail or compromise, now and forever more as long as God gives me breath.
Please call upon me any time, in any way that I can serve. Much respect always in all ways…
Kevin Anthony Williams