Disability Grant For Back Pain Disabled Keith To Recover Some Autonomy
by Keith Gabriel
(Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
I'm a 52-year-old male. I grew up in Jacksonville Florida. I'm disabled after working 34 years.
I have two kids. One is 18, an Eagle Scout and in college. The other one is 16 and in high school and working on his Eagle in the boy scouts.
I have been married 24 years. My wife is also disabled. We have three dogs. One is my mother's who passed away.
We have a house I paid off before I became disabled and a car.
In 2004, I was driving down a road in our town. I came around a corner and a tree fell on my car. I hurt my back and suffered a concussion.
I went to the doctor and was put on medications. I went back to work in a week.
In 2006, I was at a red light and was rear-ended by a police car doing 60 mph. I reinjured my back and injured my knee. I had surgery on my knee.
I was off work for three months. Six months later, I was picking something up at work and had a bad pain in my back. I went to the doctor and was told I had two deflated sacs between my disks.
My company I worked for let me go after 18 years. The told me they had no job for me because of my disabilities. The doctors ended up disabled me totally.Financial Hardship
I waited 14 months for Social Security Disability benefits. In that time I went into debt paying doctors' bills since I had to go every month.
I went to a debt relief company to pay off my debt. Now every month I run out of money before the month runs out. Some days I only have enough food to feed my family and not me.
I tried for food stamps, SSI and things like that. They tell me since I have a house and a car you don't qualify. They told me if I get rid of it then they can help.Income Efforts
I tried SSI and they tell me I don't qualify.
I have tried food stamps and they told me the same thing.
I've tried to go back to work and they tell me because of my disability they won't hire me.
I've tried working on friends' cars and boats but the pain is just too great.
I don't have any family around me and when I was taking care of my mother they didn't help then.Specific Needs
I need something to supplement my income. That I can do. I didn't know life was going to turn out this way.
I need some kind of grant. I don't know if there are any other benefits out there. It seems like I have been turned down for everything. Does anybody have any ideas?