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Army Veteran And Single Father Seeks Help For Debt Relief And Business

by Jonathan Cole Garrett
(Dallas, North Carolina, USA)

My name is Jonathan, and I am a U.S. veteran. I am a single father of two wonderful children, and I live in Dallas, North Carolina.

My story is very simple, nothing to write home about, and yet very similar to most every one I talk to or hear about.

After serving just three short years in the army, I suffered two knee injuries from doing my job as a paratrooper in the 1-505th in Fort Bragg.

Shortly after, I was honorably discharged and sent home. They said they can't use a busted up soldier with two bum knees, so there I was.

I had no degree from any college, and since I didn't serve the full tour, I wasn't eligible for the full G. I.

That was 14 years ago, and life has been one difficult turn after another. I had to take jobs in whatever popped up, knowing that my medical injury could get me canned at any time, and it usually did.

The words you're fired became my mantra. I enrolled myself at a community college and learned how to weld, but then my hand got crushed on the job, and I have two plates which now prevents me from doing that.

Along this journey, it has been my dream to own a home, not just make payments, but just flat out own. And the one thing that could help me do just that is owning my own business. I know this would be a lot of hard work, but that's all I'm used to doing, I have done it all my life.

Right now I can't pay my bills, due to the job market and the economy, and raising a family on my own is hard, but I'm grateful for my children.

I'm on this page to ask for your help, help to make me and my family's dream come true. To not make my hard work go in vain, and to show yet another reason why people from other countries want to come here to live and work. Thank you and God bless you.

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by: Katina from Accessible.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Accessible.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:

Federal Benefits for Veterans:
http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
Financial:
http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/

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 Accessible.org

Good luck!

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