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49 Year Old Veteran Seeks Government Grant For Accessible Home Repairs

by Peggy W.
(Hyattsville, Maryland, USA)

I am a 49-year-old disabled veteran with several back and neck problems. My disability needs require us spending money we don't have.

My doctors recommend that I have a special bathtub for my neck and back and to have my home modified. Unfortunately the modifications that they suggest are out of our budget.

I have been disabled for several years and now I am not able to work. I have a set income and can only do a little to help with my daily household.

At this time we are so behind in our mortgage we are afraid we might lose our home as well. My income is not getting any higher than the disability I receive and my husband's income does not cover the bills. That is why we cannot afford anything.

As I get older it is getting worse and I am not able to get around without assistance. My family has been trying to save up enough money to get my house adjusted for me. Unfortunately we just do not have the money.

I need to have a handicap bathroom installed on the first level, the front steps to be modified, the stairs in my home to be modified and the kitchen to be made safe for me.

I am unable to go up and down my stairs at times because I am unable to control my muscle spasms. So I fall which makes it worse.

I am afraid to drive my car because I am unable to control my legs so my husband looked into getting me a vehicle that could be adjusted for me. We are not able to afford this. So I have to make sure someone is with me.

For us to come up with the funds is not possible. My family and I would be very appreciative of any financial assistance or help in getting available government grants for the adjustments that are needed.

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Mar 07, 2010
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Here for you ... offer support :)
by: Katina Woodruff

Hi,

I suffer chronic neck and back pain on a daily basis and want to tell you how moving your story was. I know what it is like, to feel hopeless, and to not know where to turn.

I don't have a lot to offer as far as home repair assistance goes, but I can try contacting places on your behalf to see if they would be willing to donate at least supplies to help.

My spouse wants to know if you need any type of electrical work done on the home, because he is a certified electrician.

I do a lot of gardening around spring and can offer help in this area, if you need it. Sometimes, just knowing that the flowers are coming up gives us a little hopes that we're not alone.

Wishing you well, and giving you all the support we can.

Sincerely,
Katina

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