Arthritic Howard With COPD Needs Disability Grant Money For Home Repairs
by Howard McCroskey Jr.
(Montgomery, Alabama, USA)
My name is Howard McCroskey Jr. I am 54 years old and have been married for 24 years to Susan McCroskey age 55 years.
We have three grown children, my stepchildren and four grandchildren. We have two dogs, one a Great Dane and the other a Pit Bull.
I did tile work and construction all my life and my wife cleans houses for a living.
We live in Montgomery Alabama and have all our life.
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I was born with asthma and respiratory problems. By the time I was 12, the attacks were less and less often, so I assumed that I had outgrown the problems.
Then in my early 40s, my breathing started getting worse. It resulted in more trips to the hospital to get breathing treatments.
Then my legs started getting to where they would hurt and jump in my sleep so bad that I would wake up screaming from the pain.
I went to the doctors and they would try this and that drug to try and help ease the pain, and still I would wake up at nights with the stabbing pains and cramps.
It had gotten so bad that I could no longer perform my duties at work so I applied for SSDI, which I have received for about four years now.
I have COPD and degenerative disk disease, along with PAD, which the doctor now says is arthritis.Financial Hardship
I live on $1200 SSDI with the money my wife makes cleaning houses. In this economy she has been losing customers along the way.
This has put a strain on us with my income now having to pay out more and more due to her loss of income.
Even though the VA hospital supplies my medicines, the copay still puts a strain on my money.Income Efforts
I now get SSDI and cannot hold a job because of my health.
My father has helped me in the past, but he also is disabled. With his own health in poor shape, he is no longer able to help.
I have done all I know to do at this point and would like to get any help that I can.Specific Needs
I have not had the money to take care of my home, which was a true blessing for my wife and me. My father sold it to us for a dollar.
Because our roof was in bad shape, we had to stop our home insurance. We could not get it insured till the roof was fixed. I have since taken care of that but cannot afford the insurance now.
I would like to get a grant to fix the rest of my home to make it more efficient. It needs the electrical updated and new windows and doors installed.
The whole house inside and out needs painting. The ceilings need replacing in some rooms where there was leaking due to the roof.