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Iraq War Veteran returns home to many struggles

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David Castillo has been through so much since returning from war in Iraq in 2009. He was losing just about everything he had, but he never gave up on his kids and now a number of organizations have stepped in to help.

David Castillo walks to his job as a mechanic each day.

"It's a mile and a half, maybe two miles, but it's not a big deal, I'm used to walking farther than that," said Castillo.

He lost his car, shortly after his home was foreclosed on earlier this year, leaving Castillo and his three daughters homeless, and is without a car.

"It's been terrible. We've been bouncing around from place to place, staying in hotels, with friends, it's been a struggle," he said.

The struggle started after Castillo, an army veteran, returned from Iraq in 2009 and two weeks later the Department of Family and Protective Services took away his kids.

Castillo finally got custody of his daughters, ages 14, 11 and 8, last year and through all of that, he has been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

"When you're called to do things for your country, your job entails you to do certain things, you see certain things. You think you leave it, but it's not gone, it's there," said Castillo.

Finally Castillo started asking for assistance, and with the help of several organizations including Celebration of Love and CWS Corporate Housing, he was able to rent a home in Taylor. His daughters were given furniture and school supplies.

"They are just completely a blessing to an individual like myself. I've been out there pretty much on my own and I've reached out for help because of the circumstance I'm in," Castillo said.

Retired command sergeant major Michael Ashford volunteers with celebration of love through the Soldiers of America Program.

"Obviously my heart is with soldiers and knowing that a fellow veteran was in need, again, this could happy to anyone," said Ashford. "He's a father trying to do the best he can for his family and you just gotta respect that."

After all he's been through Castillo will continue to fight to support his family.

"The chance to actually settle down and give them the structure they need is a blessing," said Castillo. "I can't really complain because I have everything I need."



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