Struggling veteran, family hope for help during holiday season

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AURORA, Colo. --  Despite getting evicted Thursday night, a veteran and her daughter remain positive that things will turn around for them this Christmas season.

Lisa Craig is a veteran who was stationed in Germany during the Gulf War. Now, she helps raise two grandchildren while her daughter Crystal Craig works.

Three years ago, Crystal Craig was evicted from her home. She stayed with friends and relatives but eventually, she had to stay in a homeless shelter with one of her sons.

"It was just like wow, I don't know what we're going to do from this day forward. We just kept going," Crystal Craig said.

Since then, the Craigs have bounced around, trying to find an affordable place to live. Lisa Craig said Denver's high rent prices have driven them into the ground.

"Rent has gotten so sky high. Outrageous," Lisa Craig said.

"Life is just a struggle, that's what it is. Nobody deserves to live that way. You should be able to continue on living, not continue on just trying to survive," Crystal Craig said.

After the rent comes out of Crystal Craig's paycheck, there's little left for Crystal, Lisa and the children to live on. Lisa Craig contacted the FOX31 Problem Solvers in hopes of getting warm clothes for her grandchildren.

"I have raised (Crystal) from a little one up to believe in Jesus and have faith and just hold on," Lisa Craig said.

Now, the Craigs are moving again. Lisa Craig is optimistic this is the final time they'll have to do so.

"I know at first I had, I was anxious about a home and everything like that, and then after a while, I began to feel at peace about the whole thing. I was like OK, this is going to work," Lisa Craig said.

In these new beginnings, the Craigs fall back on an old phrase.

"Even if you don't feel like you're going, the military's motto is just do it," Lisa Craig said. "I remember those days. Just do it. Don't think about it, just do it."

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