Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.
Attention A T users. To access the combo box on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Press the alt key and then the down arrow. 2. Use the up and down arrows to navigate this combo box. 3. Press enter on the item you wish to view. This will take you to the page listed.
Menu
Menu

Get Help

Make the CallDIAL 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) | Access VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans, available 24/7.Chat OnlineHomeless Veteran Chat | Confidential, 24/7online support for  Veterans and friendsVA Medical Center (VAMC) LocatorLocate Your Local VA Medical Center Now | Veterans who are homeless  or at risk of homelessness  can call or visit their localVA Medical Center (VAMC)  and ask for a  Homeless Coordinator.Use the VA locator tool—www.va.gov/directory—to find your nearest VAMC  and call or visit today. CHAT NOW LINK VAMC LOCATOR LINK
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
help for homeless veterans

Homeless Veterans

 

Greg's Story

A Program Success Story in Ending Veteran Homelessness

Jump to Success Stories Involving:

Stephen Lawrence shakes the hand of Gregory Sledge

Former Tuskegee Airman Stephen Lawrence shakes the hand of Veterans Moving Help's owner Gregory Sledge, who helped move the 92-year-old World War II Veteran from his Gainesville, Florida, home to an assisted living facility.

VA Programs Help Army Veteran “Move” From Homelessness to Business Owner
Greg's Story  |  July 7, 2015

The Challenge

A single day's work can be transformative for any Veteran, especially one fighting his way back from homelessness and addiction. Greg knows this because he is a Veteran and was once in need of not only a well-paying job but a safe place to live. He got both with help from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and formed his company, Veterans Moving Help, to provide the dignity of work to other Veterans.

His journey wasn't easy. For two decades he fought an addiction to alcohol and drugs, including crack cocaine. Connections to family, including my daughter, frayed. He was homeless, living in abandoned homes or shelters. Time after time, he vowed to be a better father to his daughter. He wanted to get clean, but couldn't break the cycle.

The Fix

One day a fellow Veteran who'd faced similar struggles came back to Greg’s neighborhood from a VA substance use treatment center. He was sober and healthy and now owned a car.

He inspired Greg to seek help from VA, and Greg enrolled in a 60-day substance use inpatient program run by the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He was also set up in bridge housing funded by VA's Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program. Having a safe, stable place to live gave him the peace of mind to focus on his skills as an entrepreneur. While there, he had access to a number of other VA resources, including business management training and dental care.

The Result

Safely housed and healthy, Greg got the idea to focus on a career in moving services. He started by taking a job advertised on Craigslist. Along with a few of the homeless Veterans he was living with in the bridge housing, he loaded and unloaded some self-service moving trucks.

As demand for these services grew, and as more and more people in the community heard about the opportunity to hire Veteran movers, Greg formed a national company called Veterans Moving Help. This growing business connects those who request moving services to majority-Veteran moving crews. Greg was honored recently to move a 92-year-old World War II Veteran who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen "Red Tails" fighter squadron.

With help from VA, Greg overcame homelessness, is a business owner and is now in a position to hire Veterans.

Greg’s ability to form Veterans Moving Help fulfilled his lifelong goal to become a business owner and keep his work in the military and Veteran family. He hopes his story inspires other Veterans to keep striving, even when success seems impossible, because dreams really can come true.

Back to Success Stories Home »

Connect with us

Subscribe to Receive
Email Updates
  • Benefits:
    1-800-827-1000
  • Health Care:
    1-877-222-VETS (8387)
  • VA Inspector General: 1-800-488-8244
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
E-Donate

Stay Connected with the VHA Homeless Programs Office

Sign up for email updates.

Subscribe

Share

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Blog
  • Youtube
  • Flickr