100 Per Cent Disabled Veteran And Single Dad Seeks Home Buying Grant Help
by Boyd Aarhus
(Temple, Texas, USA)
I am a 45-year-old male who is separated but trying to work it out. Also am also raising my 10-year-old son who lives with me full time.
My dad just died this year and my mom is suffering from dementia.
I served in the US Navy as an EOD Basic and hunted mines in the early 80s then went Naval Special Warfare and went to the Gulf War. I spent 19 years and four months on active duty.
I was shot by a sniper bullet through my stomach in 1998 and it paralyzed me for a few months. It caused spinal column damage and nerve damage so I am in constant pain and walk with a cane and walker.
That's not all. I was also slashed by a machete in my left shoulder. And both my knees have been replaced, the left one twice.
I suffer from extreme pain, but still do what I have to so I can take care of son.
I ended up having 21 surgeries so far and the last ones hurt my credit because being on fixed disability I could not pay for them so went on credit.
Last year I had colon cancer and that ended up causing more health problems. Now I have a tumor near my pancreas, which is affecting my ability to fight off infections.
I'm trying to relate the cancer to Gulf War syndrome.
I take 240 Mg of morphine for pain, use cane and walker and have a wheelchair as well.
I am 100% total and permanent through VA but of course they don't offer accessible housing so I need help getting a home.
They have house building giveaways for disabled vets, but I do not qualify because my time served in Iraq was sooner than 2001.
I cannot work at all because of the pain. I do get SSD, but it's not a lot, so I've been looking for grants.
It is hard to get a home when medical bills wipe out any and all money and force you to go on credit.
I'm still trying to clear credit from a divorce years ago. My ex-wife charged up everything on my name, signed my name as cosigner on loans and went on my credit.
I need any help I can get to help get a single-story home for my son and myself. Donations, grants, a builder nice enough to help out, whatever. I just want to live in a home that I can own and leave to my son.