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24 Year Old Disabled Navy Veteran Needs Boost Succeeding As Single Mother

by Eboni Brown
(Abilene, Texas, USA)

My son and I

My son and I

I am a 24-year-old Navy veteran. I joined the military February 9, 2004 in hopes that I could jump start my future in a positive direction.

While I was in bootcamp I injured my knee while running. I finished bootcamp and was later stationed in Sasebo, Japan.

Everything was going very well until I became pregnant at the age of 18. I was scared and my child's father was not very supportive and that is where the problems began.

Since it was my first tour overseas I could not stay there, so I was stationed in San Diego, California.

I became depressed and just not myself. I was later discharged honorably after I had my son due to my depression.

Four years have gone by and I am coping. I have gone back to school. I am a single mother and I cannot work, raise a child and go to school, all at the same time.

I have tried that and that is where my anxiety kicks in. It's overwhelming trying my best to be a great mother and to get my life back on track.

It is really hard doing it on my own with no financial help. If I could just get something to get us by until I get back on my feet to be able to be comfortable without the extra stress of no money, we would be so well off.

I know there is a God and he will make a way, and that is why I came here in hopes of getting some help for the two of us. Thank you so much for your time.

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May 06, 2010
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Veteran Assistance
by: Katina from Accessible.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Accessible.org. With the publication of your story, you are now well on your way to:

1. Getting your story known to a wide audience that could help you.

2. Getting your story polished up and presentable so you can submit it elsewhere, including the White House.

As a disabled person myself, I can sympathize with your situation and I definitely understand your need for help.

I've done a bit of research and found these resources for you:

The Women?s Research & Education Institute: www.wrei.org

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program: http://education.military.com/timesaving-programs/veterans-upward-bound-vub

Others reading your story may be able to contribute more. In any case, please let us know if they've been helpful to you.

Katina from Accessible.org

Good luck!

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