Five years ago, Alicia Watkins was homeless and living out of her car. The Air Force veteran, who suffers from PTSD and brain/spinal injuries, appeared on Oprah and discussed her story. Even though Watkins was homeless herself, she was also benevolent. At one point she gave up her living arrangements so a homeless mother with three kids had a place to sleep.
But now life has changed for Watkins.
Although her health issues are still problematic, Watkins is now a student at Harvard University. Her goal is to be able to help other veterans in similar situations through the Wounded Warriors Program.
“I wanted to be able to care for wounded warriors, and so I decided to apply to Harvard University,” she says. “In 2012, I was accepted. My college expenses are paid by the G.I. Bill.”
“I have traumatic brain injury, I have post-traumatic stress disorder, I have a spinal cord injury,” she says. “It’s a hard road. I would love to be able to work today. I have offers, I have people that are willing to help me, but they all have to take a backseat to my health. As much as I want to work, I have to acknowledge that I am a casualty of war.”
Watkins also revealed in her video for Oprah: Where Are They Now? that she’s also engaged!
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