Accident Disabled And Wrongfully Fired Kent Seeks Relief Grant Money
(Bellingham, WA, USA)
My name is Kent. I am 50 years old and married to Billie Jean. I have two children from a previous marriage: a 28-year-old son and a 26-year-old daughter.
Our 26-year-old daughter is in Federal Prison due to a drug charge. My wife and I have been raising her son who is six now and we have had him since he was four.
The judge that saw our custody case said that if we had not stepped in, the boy would not be alive today. He has struggled with night terrors and being abused but seems to be getting better every day.
My wife has two children from a previous marriage. Her 21-year-old son, Patrick who is mentally ill, has threatened to kill my wife, his mother. He recently did the same thing to me in very graphic detail.
Patrick was a suspect in the deaths of my wife's 24-year-old sister and one-year-old baby nephew. He admitted to listening to them get beat but did nothing and by Washington state law that is not a crime.
The police asked for our help and my wife's knowledge of his violent past. Since this time I have developed extreme anxiety and stress disorder, to the point of not being able to think or function.
This is from a former security manager and supervisor of ADT training.
I was in a car accident three years ago and have had two serious and severe neck surgeries and continue to have daily pain.
I have developed serious anxiety and panic attacks daily, brought on by many things, and cannot work as my doctor has stated and have had to seek mental health counseling due to this with daily medicine.
I sold security systems for 13 years for ADT and prior to this owned two sports businesses for 10 years.
I have worked for ADT the past seven Years at Kevin Gaylord Security.
Never having had any serious health issues, I was a volunteer coach for the boys and girls clubs for 10 years coaching basketball and baseball. I was on their board of directors for four years and also myself played basketball for years in a men's league.
Since the murders, our lives being threatened and our daughter getting arrested and jailed, I contacted my employer Kevin Gaylord of Gaylord Security and explained that I needed time off.
He said that I could take as long as I need and that this fell under FMLA leave. I contacted my employer after nine months and told him I was ready to come back to work. He said he would call me back the next day.
I asked him about some money due and he never contacted me. After three weeks of leaving messages I finally got him at his office at which time he started yelling at me and called me a stupid and no good Mexican.
I felt racially discriminated against. I told him this was no way to talk to anyone, and again asked where my money was and why he stole my accounts equaling over $10,000.
He stated, "If you don't like it, sue me."
With me being the main breadwinner, we have suffered many difficulties due to this situation.
I owed $9000 on a $40,000 SUV we lost. This has left us with my wife's 1998 Olds, which barely runs and will probably die any day. I am scared because she drives it to get our grandson from school and we have nothing else.
After seven years of working for this man he did this and we became homeless for a couple weeks but we took our grandson to my son's house. He has three kids so it was good for all of them.
My wife and I slept in her car and then at my son's house for a while. My mother gave us money to get an apartment, which we are very thankful for.
I tried to talk to my boss Kevin Gaylord in letters and he again insulted me. I was upset and sent 10 letters to officers of ADT.
I received two responses: the first that they would intervene and the next from their legal department stating they hold no responsibility of their dealer's actions.
Again I took this as another letdown because this company makes a lot of sales and Kevin Gaylord lives in an $875,000 home. I'm the little guy here.
Due to the stress and worsening of anxiety attacks and my doctor stating I could not work and to seek counseling and putting me on meds, I have tried to contact a lawyer.
So far I have talked to or emailed 25 attorneys but they all want $2,500 to $10,000 up front to start this case. They all say I have a good case but only with money, which we do not have.
I was wrongfully terminated and racially abused and cannot get any help.
I have talked to people at the local SSI office but they said we weren't eligible because my wife has a 401K plan from working part-time for 10 years, she has a job and we are married.
The only way she can touch any of that money is for us to get divorced and for her to quit her job. But that job of hers is what's keeping us going today.
I cannot get SSI, food stamps, welfare or any help. I am seeking any help possible, as this is a nightmare I wish on nobody.
We are seeking financial help to keep our apartment at $839 a month and money for food and help with a car if possible or any help anyway.
I am an ordained minister and tried recently in practice to do a wedding but could not do it and ended up in another trip to the hospital due to a panic attack.
Our church has no funds for the rest of the year. I have sought help from the opportunity council and CPS, but so far we have gotten nowhere and am about ready to just give up as it seems no one will help a husband wife and six year old.
How can it happen in America, the greatest country in the world? I recently heard about a woman receiving nine welfare checks and a man in Michigan who won a $2 million dollar lotto and still receives food stamps.
Please, I am seeking help in any form as we have suffered great loss in the murders of my sister-in-law and baby nephew and loss of job and stolen and wrecked career.