As a military family, Dennis and Joy Davis have faced many challenges, yet they have always found a way to overcome them. With three daughters attending public school where Dennis was co-president of the PTA, homeschooling was not on their radar. It wasn’t until Dennis deployed to Afghanistan and issues at school interrupted their lives that Joy began to consider other options.
“At first, I was not on board with homeschooling,” Dennis said. “We had invested so much in our local school, what would they think? And how could we make it work?” They decided to give homeschooling a try, however, knowing they could go back to public school if it didn’t work out.
Looking back over the last few years, Dennis remarked that homeschooling “was one of the best decisions my wife has ever made and I am happy I gave in.”
Shortly after the Davis’s began homeschooling, Dennis lost his job. Deciding to use his skills and passion to help other veterans, he founded a consulting firm. Starting homeschooling and a new business at the same time proved to be a challenge financially. Looking for help, they applied for a grant through the Home School Foundation’s Military Fund.
“Without the scholarship from HSF, I am not sure we would have continued homeschooling. Your donors made it possible for us to continue providing the focused education we want our daughters to have and also give them a proper moral compass they aren’t likely to get in public school.” Dennis said.
With the HSF grant lightening their financial burden, Dennis could focus on his passion to eliminate veteran unemployment. He has already published one book, Not Your Average Joe: Profiles of Military Core Values and Why They Matter in the Private Sector and is currently working on a second book as well as a film on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning veterans.
“We feel truly blessed to have such giving people willing to help us out during this time in our lives,” Dennis and Joy wrote. “Thank you HSF for supporting homeschooling military families!”