Once Was Inc was formed when my wife and I (DJ N.V. Navy Vet) acted on our desire to give back. I would provide the musical entertainment at military events in the greater Houston area. Many of the events were highlighted on social media. Service members would recognize us in the community , from the media post and ask for help. Associating DJ N.V. Navy Vet with “Help”.
To often a service member in need did not receive a follow up response and their need went unmet.
My wife and I began using my DJ personality to stand in the gap for veterans in need. Using our personal resources to provide veteran’s assistance with housing, transportation, food and clothing.
Veterans in the Acadiana area in need began reaching out to me on social media. They too needed help. A feeling all too familiar, at times in my life, I needed help; especially when I returned home to Carencro, LA after serving 14 ½ years in the US Navy. I was unable to find the help I needed in the Acadiana area.
Now, I'm in a position to give back by assisting the veteran's in the local parishes. I began telling my story to the Acadiana Veterans; how I once was. With my wife by my side “Once Was Inc” was born. The first Service Saturday Honoring Veterans of the Acadiana area was hosted in August of 2019