Last night Iraqi war survivor Qusay Hussein, 27, received his GED from Austin Community College. Hussein was part of the 2013 Season for Caring program and was nominated by Interfaith Action of Central Texas.
Season for Caring highlights the needs of about a dozen Central Texas families each year and helps hundreds of others through reader donations.
Hussein came to the States after his face was severely damaged by a bomb when he was 17. The bomb left him blind and he has had multiple surgeries to repair his face, including some this spring.
One of the things Season for Caring donations did for Hussein was help him improve his English. It also connected him with Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, which taught him how to navigate the city as a person who is blind.
“I’d like to say, “thank you,” for anyone who support me and helped me,” he says. “If anybody needs help, I’m ready to help them. When someone helps you, you need to help them.”
Statesman reporter Michael Barnes, who originally brought us Hussein’s story as part of Season for Caring, has been following his progress and will have an update story next month.