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Fort Worth Man Views His Disability as Second Chance at Life(May 07, 2014)
Rockville, MD (PRWEB) May 07, 2014
Four years ago, Robbie Green was told his chances at a normal life were over: that hed not drive, work or live alone again. He didnt listen. Instead, with support from the Veterans Administration and Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth (TX), he redefined his place in the world. Goodwill Industries International recently named Green its 2014 Achiever of the Year for his efforts to overcome barriers to employment.
Green had been in a barbers chair getting a haircut when he became dizzy. When he stood up, he fell and hit his head. He woke up in the hospital paralyzed. The nurses at the VA helped him slowly recover some movement in his legs. While the physical recovery was daunting, the veteran underestimated just how difficult the mental recovery would be.
I was embarrassed, he said of that time in his life. To be dependent on other people to provide for you, to pay the bills, it takes a toll on your self-esteem. Being able to work isnt just about the paycheck.
The VA hospital referred Green to Goodwill for job training. Skeptical and scared, Green didnt know how he could learn a new skill. But with the right training and support, Green became proficient at refurbishing computers donated to Goodwill, a job he holds today.
Circumstances beyond Robbies control changed his life irrevocably, said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. But he didnt let his disability define who he was. With Goodwills assistance, Robbie re-entered the world of work and is succeeding in all areas of his life.
Green works at Goodwill three days a week. The other two days, he volunteers at the VA hospital, encouraging other veterans with disabilities and giving them hope that they, too, can achieve their dreams. In his spare time, Green trains for the National Veteran Wheelchair Games, where hes competed several years. To date, hes racked up multiple medals including eight gold, eight silver and three bronze.
Green will be honored during Goodwills annual Delegate Assembly meeting in Austin, TX, this June. The 2014 Achiever of the Year Award is sponsored by University of Phoenix®.
Goodwill Industries Internationals Achiever of the Year is a person who has shown great progress and accomplishment in overcoming challenges to finding employment, and who still benefits from the Goodwill work environment or receives services to support employment at a community site.
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11826555.htm.