‘This Program Is Helping My Family’

VFW Unmet Needs program helps create ‘new future’ for veteran

The VFW’s Unmet Needs program awarded more than $1,300 to an Iraq War Army veteran in need of financial support.

James Bohlin, an Army veteran who enlisted in March 2010, served as an infantryman in Afghanistan’s Paktia Province with 509th Inf. Regt., 4th BCT, 25th Inf. Div., during a 2012 deployment. 

This Program is Helping My FamilyBohlin, of Dallas, Texas, said he has PTSD and physical disabilities stemming from his deployment to Afghanistan. He is rated 70 percent disabled by VA. 

After leaving the Army in September 2014, he said it was difficult to deal with his separation from the Army and finances.

“I was able to hold it together for more than a year,” Bohlin said. “But, things finally collapsed and things were looking bad. I was looking at foreclosure. Who knows what would have happened if I lost my house at that moment.”

In April, Bohlin applied for an Unmet Needs grant. He said the way VFW Unmet Needs helped his family is “indescribable,” and he considers himself “on the way to success.”

“I was able to gather myself and get a job at a car dealership and start producing and things changed quickly,” Bohlin said. “But, I know I would not have been able to pull that off without [VFW’s help].”

Bohlin, who received a $1,309 grant from the Unmet Needs program, said both his children, Asher and Alayna, now are in private school and he has a “good job” as a car salesman. He also is about to obtain a bachelor’s degree. He plans on going to law school to become an immigration attorney.

After receiving help from Unmet Needs to pay for living expenses, Bohlin was able to sell his home. He said the program and the sale of the home has created a “new future” for himself.

“I'm not a member yet at the VFW,” Bohlin said. “But as soon as I'm done with school, I intend to join and be a very active member, because it's very important that we continue organizations like this.”

This article was featured in the January/February 2019 issue of VFW Checkpoint. If you're a Post, District or Department Commander and aren't receiving the Checkpoint e-newsletter, please contact the VFW magazine at magazine@vfw.org