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Preston W.’s Story
Preston W.’s Story

Preston W. Wilcox, Jr., never thought he would end up experiencing homelessness. Mr. Wilcox, a Vietnam Veteran who served in the Army as a communications specialist, had a 38-year career as a registered nurse.

Mr. Wilcox was in a motorcycle accident that damaged both of his knees. Then, his knees were shattered when a delivery truck crashed into him while driving. He was transported to the VA hospital for urgent care. Because Mr. Wilcox’s leg was infected with MRSA he underwent a voluntary amputation rather than risk an embolism. 

He moved in with the cousin. He paid his way financially and by performing chores such as driving her kids to and from school, cooking and cleaning. He describes the situation as abusive, but he endured it until the day she came to him and told him he needed to move out. 

Mr. Wilcox had nowhere to go. He ended up living at a transitional shelter for Veterans in South Los Angeles for seven months.

Now in his own home at Building 209, Mr. Wilcox is working on his own recovery from being a co-dependent caregiver. He is taking better care of himself and can finally sleep peacefully, in his own home.

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