USMC Veteran Rudy Alanis and Wife Jasmin – Life’s Struggles

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Every US Veteran in every service branch encounters difficulties in the transition from military to civilian life. Sometimes the transitions are minor, some have to do with various forms of traumatic stress, and others are literally life-threatening. Sometimes it seems as if life is going better when all of a sudden…problems strike.

Marine veteran Rodolfo (Rudy) Alanis, 24, and his wife Jasmin, 22, were finally getting ahead after his service in the 1st law enforcement battalion.

“We were coming off of one of our best years being married. We felt like we were finally getting ahead after transitioning back in to the civilian sector.” Rudy Alanis

He served from 2010 – 2014. Both of them had great jobs- he worked in construction, and she worked as a receptionist in an optometrist’s office. Life was going great.


But tragedy struck when Jasmin became ill. After tests, it was determined that she had cancer  – Large Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

“This is just so inconvenient.” Jasmin remarked.

During chemo treatments, Rudy’s parents allowed the couple to move in with them. Rudy quit his job so he could be there to take care of his wife. His own emotions were on a rollercoaster, as well as Jasmin’s.  After the 12 week Family Leave Act was up, she was required to go back to work, chemo or no chemo, but it didn’t happen.

In over their heads

A few days ago, she finally completed her chemo treatments, and she has “beat the cancer” because the chemo pushed it into remission.

“Despite of it all, I’m proud that I can say I beat stage 4 cancer. I, fortunately had an advantage because I’m young and was able to endure the poison that was being put in my body. It breaks my heart to know that so many beautiful souls are lost because of this disgusting disease. So many people aren’t aware that there are cancer prevention programs and support systems that are there to help you. Even if you don’t have a family history of cancer, it seriously doesn’t hurt to just ask your doctor. That question could potentially save your life. I urge everyone to ask your doctors about these programs because I would hate for anyone to ever go through, what I went through. I am so grateful to have had such an amazing doctor and support system.” Jasmin Alanis

But now they are completely financially ruined. Even if Rudy is able to find work again, Jasmin needs time to recuperate. The bills keep piling up with no end in sight, so they have a crowdfunding account.

Veterans and their spouses

As anyone who has ever been drastically ill can tell you, the bills multiply on a constant basis…doctors, treatments, assistants, use of hospital facilities, consultants, it never ends. How many veterans and their families has this happened to? Cancer is not just deadly, it’s expensive, and strikes thousands of people every year…including veterans. About 40,000 veterans are diagnosed with cancer every year.

There are organizations and tools to assist a veteran with cancer IF the patient is eligible. And eligibility is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome.

Semper fi, Rudy, and best wishes, Jasmin, may the next portion of your journey be better than the first.

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