Paying It Forward - It's not the first and it won't be the last

It’s not the first, and it won’t be the last. Stephen Bingham, aka Pirate, from Zone 7 (Los Angeles area) is a prime example of how American Patriot III% (APIII%) takes care of their own.

Stephen joined about 2 years ago after searching for different groups when he ran into APIII% on Facebook. Stephen has always been a devoted patriot and comes from a conservative family. He grew up supporting the preservation of the constitution. After meeting a few members and spending some time with them, he knew APIII% was the perfect fit.

While struggling to make ends meet, Stephen began working hard to get into the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). His big break finally came after 3 years. Part of the LADWP new hire process included a very intensive 14-week training program. “You can’t miss a day. You can’t be late”, Stephen emphasized. Soon after the program started, his vehicle began having mechanical problems. “…commuting started to become a liability and I was afraid I was going to break down on the way to work and jeopardize this opportunity”. What did Stephen do from there? He reached out to his APIII% family for help.

On the other side of town, another member of APIII% recently received a vehicle donation from a man who just lost his son and was looking to donate his son’s car. The donor’s only request…give it to someone who could really use it…to someone who really needs it. With that, some of the members gathered together, cleaned the car up, and gifted Stephen the with means he needed to pass the training and land the job! With tears in his eyes, Stephen proudly stated “I’m grateful that I found a group that I can connect with and is there for me. Everybody in my group is an extended family. It’s always good to have family around”

What would you say to others interested in joining APIII%?

Stephen proudly answered “Come and hang out with us. Come to a training event or go shooting with us. Go camping with us. You’re bound to learn something. Being an eagle scout, I’m pretty well versed in a lot of outdoor activities. I’m still learning things from my brothers and sisters like survival techniques. One of the things I’ve learned is that we really like to enhance each other. I’m happy to pass on any knowledge I have and I think most anyone in the group feels the same way.”

We couldn’t agree more. Today, Stephen continues build upon his skills within APIII% and is thriving in his new job.