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Accident Disabled Man Needs Grants To Achieve Independence

by Eric Schumacher
(Vanceburg, KY, USA)

I am a 26-year-old man who was recently paralyzed in an automobile accident. Up until this happened I worked hard, and loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with my fiancée and step kids.

Disability Issues

My tire blew out on the way to work one morning and I woke up in the hospital. I was paralyzed, bleeding, and suffering many broken bones.

Financial Hardship

I am now paralyzed and in a wheelchair. I live at home with my mother, who is providing 24/7 care. I am a prisoner in my own home.

I am unable to drive because my car was destroyed and I cannot afford a new one. I only receive $400 in disability a month and that does not even cover my medical supplies.

Income Efforts

I am receiving SSDI and applying for a vocational program to hopefully help me get a job.

Specific Needs

I seek any help I can get to obtain a new vehicle, a job, and my own home so I can become independent and feel like a man again instead of a child. I was a proud man, and now I am like an infant.

Business Idea

I would like to build handicap accessible playhouses and play equipment for children.

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May 16, 2013
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God Bless
by: Pamela LeMaster

Hi Eric, if your getting Disability, Call SSI's 800# and ask about the "PASS" program. It's a grant to start your own business. You can also contact SCORE (www.score.com). They have free counseling for people like you and me who may want to start a business. Good luck and God Bless you hun. Sorry about your accident.

May 13, 2013
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Help with a vehicle
by: Tracy Fallon

Hi Eric. I had a very good friend who had similar problems. She needed a handicapped van with a lift ramp. There should be a program under your state's website for the handicapped. Look into the possibility for a retrofit van with the option of financing for 10 years at a low rate. I believe most states offer that. I hope this helps!

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