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Tim Combs is the Executive Director and Founder of Americans for Independent Living (AFIL).  Although not a veteran himself, Tim is dedicated to providing comfortable housing for our disabled veterans and for those who are at risk of being homeless. Founded in 2015, AFIL has seen a ton of success and growth within the community as Tim continues to be an advocate for better healthcare services for those who have served our country. 

 

Key Takeaways:

[3:00] What is Americans for Independent Living all about? 

[6:45] When we have services from the VA (Veteran Affairs), why are non-profits like Tim’s so important? 

[9:30] What types of services does Tim provide for the veterans that use his services? 

[12:40] Families often get frustrated with the process of modifying their home because it’s not always clear cut what someone with disabilities might need.  

[13:35] What happens when the VA approves the services for a veteran after Tim has already modified their home?

[15:40] Tim has had a difficult time working with the VA, and discusses some of the challenges he’s had in the past. 

[22:25] Despite trying to do good by the people who have served this country, Tim himself is not a veteran and it has caused some tension in the past.  

[30:35] How many veterans have Tim and his team helped so far? 

[35:40] Tim explains why he does what he does. 

[37:15] Tim shares his 5 to 10 year vision for AFIL. 

[42:10] The AFIL now provides housing for homeless veterans in the area. 

[47:45] Tim highlights some of the donors that have helped make AFIL possible. 

[52:45] Through Tim’s charity work, he was invited to one of Donald Trump’s rallies to help support the troops, as well as meet Donald Trump in person. 

[59:35] Donald Trump donated $100,000 to get AFIL off the ground, and this caused a lot of controversy.

 

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