Robert Jurado: A veteran’s story: How a bus pass saved my life

I am a Veteran of the Marine Corps of the United States of America, but I don’t remember anything from my time in service.

I entered the Marines right after I graduated from high school in 1989 and spent four years active duty as a military policeman. If you asked me details about my role or what I did during my time in the armed service, I wouldn’t know how to respond because it was all a blur.

I am an alcoholic in recovery, but that was not the case when I was in service. I drank myself into oblivion every day during those four years.

When I wound up back in Monterey, I was drunk, homeless, and without a driver’s license.

Luckily, this is not how my story ends. I am now four weeks away from graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Monterey Bay. I also work full time at the Veterans Transition Center (VTC), which provides services for homeless veterans.