The expression on his face says it all. Jon reached out to my office asking for help waiving a debt that had been transferred to him from the Social Security Administration and accrued at no fault of his own. The debt was keeping him from realizing his life-long dream: to become a U.S. Marine.
A generous Tucson resident heard about Jon's situation from a @news4tucson story and offered to give him a check for $17,000 to pay back the debt. That same day, my staff was able to secure a waiver from SSA, eliminating his debt.
This photo captures the moment when, while interviewing with reporter Matt Schwartz for a follow-up story, Jon was given the news that not only was his debt waived, but the generous resident who first offered him the check was insisting he keep the money to put toward his future.
Jon ships out to become a Marine on January 8. #AZ02 #thebestpartofmyjob