Thursday, July 26, 2018

Disabled Army Vet kicked heroin to be heroic to daughter

Veteran goes from spending $500 a day on heroin to owning a business
By Chris Parenteau - Reporter
July 25, 2018
"God is the only reason I came through it," Tipper said. "And I think there is always a plan and that things may seem insurmountable to be able to come past an addiction, but it’s definitely doable."

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A United States Army veteran went from spending $500 a day on heroin to owning a business.

Kendall Tipper shared his story about how the opioid crisis affected him with News4Jax on Wednesday. The former soldier talked about how he broke his addiction and turned his life around.

Day-to-day, Tipper works as a chauffeur, driving a black car for Tipper Transportation, the company he started.

But to getting to where he is today wasn't easy.

"A lot of times, I would catch myself thinking, 'Am I going to be on drugs forever?'" Tipper said.

After he graduated from First Coast High School, Tipper enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville, but he quickly knew it wasn’t for him. That’s when he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

"I need the discipline and I didn’t have it at the time," he said.
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