By 2014, Sam Wilson ran sessions under the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to help other veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. During this service, he lived alone in a ground-floor apartment in Washington, D.C.. Shortly after meeting Steve Rogers, Rogers appeared with Natasha Romanoff at Wilson's apartment looking for a place to lie low. Wilson let the two come inside and get cleaned up, while he fixed them breakfast. He then listened to Rogers and Romanoff as they explained their situation with Wilson telling them that he'd join them. Wilson also told Rogers more about his time in the service.
After returning from the Blip, Wilson returned to live in his apartment in Washington, D.C.. One day in 2024, Wilson got himself dressed and looked at Captain America's Shield before putting it in its case. He then thought about his decision one more time to donate the shield to the Smithsonian Institution's Captain America Exhibit.