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63-Year-Old Navy Veteran Pipefitter Seeks Government Disability Grant

by Ben Duke
(Orange, Texas, USA)

I'm a 63-year-old Navy veteran and I've worked hard my whole life. I've been in construction as a pipefitter in nuclear power plants all over the U.S.

I served in the Merchant Marines and worked for the city of Houston, Texas for several years. I was diagnosed 19 years ago with Type 2 diabetes, a disease that claimed my mother's life.


I continued working though, because that is all I've ever known. I have since lost vision in my left eye because of the disease.

Later, I was diagnosed with asbestosis most likely from inhalation in the refineries and plants I've worked in.

Still I pressed on because I had no other choice. Recently, I suffered a massive heart attack and had to have triple bypass surgery. They then had to put stints in.

I'm now totally disabled. I am on disability, but I can barely eke by on what I was awarded.

I sometimes have to borrow money from relatives to pay for my prescriptions and/or buy diabetic needs such as specialized dietary foods, which are relatively more expensive than ordinary foods.

I have been very proud that my whole life I was able to provide for my family. I find it very humbling to ask for help, but I will be most grateful for anything I may be considered for.

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May 13, 2010
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by: Katina from Ability-Mission.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Ability-Mission.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:

Veteran Services Website
http://www.va.gov/landing2_vetsrv.htm

Veterans Medical Care Benefits
http://www.educationmoney.com/prgm_64.009_vet.html
(202) 273-8302 or 273-8303

State Veterans Affairs Offices
http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm

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 Ability-Mission.org

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