My wife passed away unexpectedly. We have four children aged 2, 5, 10 and 12 and they were uncomfortable sleeping in our home…the home where their mom took her life.
My First Sergeant arranged for accommodations at TLF but it was too small for the five of us. He remembered hearing about the Air Force Enlisted Village when he attended a briefing and contacted Chief Binnicker. Chief Binnicker offered us a place to stay immediately.
We moved in to Teresa Village and there were toys for the kids and warm spaghetti and meatballs waiting on the stove. The two bedroom apartment was roomy enough for all of us.
I was busy preparing our house for our move since I decided to separate from the Air Force and go back to Oklahoma to be with family. Many of the residents wanted to help us so I left the door unlocked and they were kind enough to leave meals for my family. I told the kids we received casseroles from grandmas. It was comforting to know that my family was well cared for while staying at Teresa Village.
I can’t express my gratitude enough for the Air Force Enlisted Village’s hospitality. The food I found waiting for us when we first arrived brought tears to my eyes. The offers for help were constant and sincere. I’m so glad the Air Force Enlisted Village and its residents were there to support my family in our time of need.