Rankins struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and drug addiction after serving in Afghanistan. He lost his job and family, started living out of his car and eventually ended up in prison, according to the White House.
After his release, Rankins went to work for Denver-based R Investments, which does development work in Cincinnati. The real estate and construction company trained Rankins in carpentry, painting and brick work. His job in Cincinnati has helped Rankins to remain drug-free and reunite with his family, the White House official said.