GOOD NEWS A Previously Homeless Veteran Got His Degree and Is Now a VA Hospital Nurse
An Army veteran who was homeless and addicted to drugs turned his life around, and he's now a nurse at a Veterans Affairs hospital helping his fellow vets.
Registered Nurse David Hathcock works at the same Little Rock, Arkansas, medical facility where he was treated for his addiction more than a decade ago.
Hathcock, who was recently ranked as one of the best nurses in Arkansas, joined Ainsley Earhardt Thursday to share his remarkable story of perseverance and determination.
He revealed that in 1998 he tried methamphetamine for the first time, developed an addiction and lost everything over the next several years.
"I could go on and on about the perils of addiction," Hathcock said. "They repossessed my house. I had no car, no phone, no friends. I lost everything. And that's what the disease of addiction will do to you."
In 2003, he hit rock bottom and sought treatment from the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
"I was hopeless, homeless, unemployable and godless," Hathcock said, explaining that the VA opened its doors and gave him the opportunity to change his life.
Once he was clean, the hospital offered him a job in housekeeping. After a year, he decided to study to become a nurse through the VA National Education for Employees Program (VANEEP).
He got his degree and was offered a position in the VA’s Medical Intensive Care Unit. He said it's incredibly satisfying to help treat his fellow vets.
He acknowledged that the VA has had its share of negative press in recent years, but that doesn't tell the full story.
"For every bad thing you hear that goes on at the VA, there's a thousand great things that go on everyday that you will never hear about," Hathcock said. "I come in everyday with an open mind and just do the best I can."
See Hathcock share more of his inspiring story in the "Fox & Friends First" segment below.