More Than A Workout
Raised by a single mother Jonathan Neves grew up in a town in Ontario Canada called Owen Sound. His mother's career relocated them to Los Angeles on a work visa. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles he enlisted in the US Army where he went on to serve eight years active duty. After several years in the US Amry, Jonathan deployed to Iraq.
Transitioning out of the service, Jonathan opted to go straight to school. He graduated with a degree in video game programming. Following school Jonathan could not find a job for lack of experience, so he started his own game developer company. After developing games for six years through his company, he wanted to pursue a more seasoned position at one of the Los Angeles based gaming companies.
Still challenged with a lack of professional experience, he did not get a job in his industry or any other industry and went homeless. Services provided by the VA helped him get back on his feet. The VA referred him to the Hollywood Veterans Center for shelter and services. The Hollywood Veterans Center gave Jonathan the much-needed resources to get a footing.
Through this transitional living home, he was introduced to Merging Vets and Players. At first, he thought MVP was a great place to get back in shape, and only that, but as the months continued, his time with fellow veterans increased. He realized that MVP was more than a place for veterans and former professional athletes to work out and share similar experiences, it was also a means to help him in his career by providing expert guidance, a safe place to talk about my professional headaches, and referral services. Knowing Jonathan attended MVP often and needed some additional support, MVP gifted him his first suit ever for his job interviews.
Jonathan's transition is still on-going. His time in the program at the Hollywood Veterans Center is ending. The Center will support him in finding permanent housing and continued services at the VA. He'll continue to attend MVP knowing he is still going through transition and will need support from his peers. With the help shown by his peers from the program, he plans to support any new members seeking additional advice and guidance at MVP. His hope for the future is securing a career, be respected and admired for his work, continue the physical and mental health lifestyle attributed to MVP, and live comfortably with a family to support.