Carl

Carl in a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who is originally from Arlington, Virginia. He joined the Marines in 1972 with his best friend from high school when he was 17. In the states, he was stationed at Camp Lejune in North Carolina and then Cherry Point in North Carolina. He was then sent over seas and served in Okinawa, Japan. During his time in the Marines, he worked in motor transport preparing vehicles for use and participating in delivery convoys. Carl left the Marines in 1975 for medical reasons. He became homeless in 2015 after he lost his job and could no longer afford his home that he shared with his wife. Upon loosing the home, he and his wife separated. He spent this time staying with friends and family before accepting help from the VA and coming to stay at Liberation Family Services. Carl currently spends much of his time reading and listening to jazz music. He hopes to own his own house again and have a healthy, fulfilling relationship.

Carl talks about joining the military with his best friend and how the military taught him discipline, how to survive, and it made him feel important

Carl talks about how his family reacted positively when he decided to join the marines, but how his cousin told him that he would be one on the first to go to war (implying his skin color)

Carl talks about where he was stationed and what his job entailed- Motor Transportation

Carl talks about his experiences in Okinawa doing his motor transport job

Carl talks about the friends he made in the military and how he no longer keeps in touch but would if he could.

Carl talks about how the military helped him and changed him

Carl talks about the challenges since leaving the military- surviving, everyday as a struggle

Carl talks about how he become homeless and his breakup with his wife after loss of their home.

Carl  talks about the places he has stayed since losing his home and how the hardest part is having to start over.

Carltalks about what he likes to do now- read, write, listen to jazz music

Carl answers the question “do you ever get lonely?” he says yes, but that he also likes to be alone.

 Carl talks about the barriers he faces- staying out of bad areas that could influence him negatively.

Carl talks about the respect he gets from people when he wears his Marine Corps hat.

 Carl talks about how civilians do not understand the experiences of service members and how he would want them to know that they are the same and have the same problems and are not crazy

Carl talks about how he enjoys helping others

Carl talks about how he feels about charity.

Carl Pollard talks about regretting his current situation but being thankful for the people who have helped him.