Roy Vopal didn’t expect to live at a Boise Rescue Mission shelter in Downtown Boise this year. But the 60-year-old had a serious knee injury, then surgery, that he said left him unable to work for the first time in his life.
“Mentally, it’s a mind-screw” to be out of work, Vopal said. “It definitely twists the brain.”
Vopal says his service in the Marines during the Vietnam War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“There were times when I wanted my life to end,” Vopal said. He attempted suicide in his 30s and used drugs.