VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
“This has always been a dream of mine and the VA is helping it come true,” says Tim VanNewhouse in reference to his new career as a boxing promoter.
The OIF/OEF Air Force Veteran’s passion has always been boxing. He had 86 amateur bouts and was at the beginning of his professional career when financial and family issues prompted him to join the service. He served as a medic at the Air Force Academy before being honorably discharged in April, 2009.
With a wife and a one-year-old to support, VanNewhouse had difficulty finding work and ultimately turned to the VA for help. Utilizing the GI Bill, VanNewhouse enrolled in Health Science courses at Cleveland State University. To support his family while in school he took a job as a truck driver. A layoff from the company created a financial hardship and VanNewhouse’s family moved in with relatives.
VanNewhouse contacted the VA Homeless Hotline for housing assistance and was referred to the HUD/VASH Program. Working with his HUD/VASH case manager, Patricia Scott at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC, the VanNewhouse family now resides in their own apartment in Lakewood, Ohio.
Having completed his sophomore year in May, VanNewhouse decided to pursue his dream of staying involved in the boxing world through the creation of his own company, Stallion Promotion, LLC. His first boxing event is scheduled for August 13th in downtown Cleveland. Boxing promotion is VanNewhouse’s plan to end unemployment for himself and to help others.\
“I’ve seen so many Veterans having difficulty re-establishing themselves in their communities upon returning from the service,” says VanNewhouse. “But the VA really turned my life around by helping with my education and living conditions and opening up the door for me to chase my dream of becoming a boxing promoter. Now I’m committed to giving back by donating a portion of the ticket sales to help other homeless Veterans”.