Accident Disabled Man Seeks Government Grant For Accessible Housing
by Richard Trzepacz
(Lexington, Massachussetts, USA)
When I was 11 years old on April 19 1976 in my home town of Lexington Massachusetts standing in front of the iconic minuteman statue, I snuck under someone's legs and stood up to shake the hand of the President of the United States.
I did it and I told my dad (a Korean navy veteran) what I did and he hugged me and told me he loved me. Then in October of that year my father died in front of me.
I was hurt and confused and then I accepted it gracefully and continued with my sixth grade. I was into model cars and going down the right roads.
My mother could not afford to put all three children through college, but she scrimped and saved enough for my older sister to go.
I went to Minuteman Vocational Technical High School for what I thought was the perfect thing for me -- auto body car refinishing.
I graduated and after working at it for a while, I realized it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I got a job repairing computers and went to GTE Sylvania Technical Institute and graduated from there.
I went to work for M/A-COM building the radar guidance systems for the minuteman missiles and I did not like it and I quit.
Then I became the manager of Sears Business Systems Computer Repair. I was helping a friend with heavy equipment.
We spent an entire weekend in September of 2007 packing repair trucks to go to Hurricane Katrina's victims to help repair the excavators and other heavy equipment in Louisiana.
I spent all weekend with no sleep and on Monday morning I had to give my girlfriend back her truck to go to work.
I fell asleep on the way to her house, hit a tree and ended up in a three-week coma.
Now I am in a rehab and I'm not able to live with my mom because she lives in a three-floor condominium and I can't get around there easily at all in my wheelchair.
I need a grant to get a house and money for my future. I need help.