My name is Chris Evans, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant ret., and obviously not the one from Marvel. I am a native Texan, but I currently reside in Florida. I retired from active-duty Army in 2017 from Fort Bragg (now Liberty) in North Carolina after 20 years of honorable service, over 100 completed parachute jumps and multiple deployments in defense of our nation. I am service-disabled and a full-time university student. I am married with 3 unconditionally loving daughters, ages 8, 9, and 14. I am also a father of 3 older children from my previous marriage, ages 21, 20 and my only son turned 18 in March. However, my wonderful wife of 11 years, and partner for 15 years, requested a divorce at the end of February 2023. I obliged. She begun a remote work assignment shortly after, in March, that is just now wrapping as I write this. Hence, I was immediately thrusted into the role of a single father as I remain home with our daughters. As any parent can attest, this presented the ultimate challenge. As a parachutist for 20 years, I have certainly endured my share of difficult situations. However, this situation has begin to smother me financially. I rely on my retirement and disability payments for income, as well as the Post 911 G.I. Bill stipend if I am enrolled in college. I’ve even picked up side hustles such as Door Dash and UberEats to supplement as much as possible. However, there are not enough hours in a day to sustain these activities only to yield such minimal in return. I am up to my neck in personal loans which has my credit less than stellar. On June 02, 2023, I launched my real estate investment company, Open Canopy. We purchase distressed properties from burdened owners and repurpose them to benefit veterans in need. However, due to my personal credit profile, I am finding it very difficult to obtain any form of funding from anyone. I am seeking $25,000 to apply towards working capital to accelerate my business growth, and to offset my current expenses that life is continuing to shower me with. I joined the U.S. Army in 1997 at age 18 and served until retirement in 2017. Unfortunately, for me and my family, and fortunately for the United States of America, I sacrificed the best years of my life during which most men can create their financial stability. I’m now age 44, 100% service-disabled and struggling to create the life that my family and I deserve, and that I was not afforded the opportunity to create during my prime youth. While I understand that there are countless individuals who are in worse situations than myself, if I were able to assist someone in a similar situation as mine, which I shall, I would not hesitate to help. I am graciously seeking any amount that anyone might find themselves compelled to contribute. I am humbled, truly grateful and thank you all in advance.