Disability Grant For Brain Damaged Joseph To Buy Stable Family Home
by Joseph Hernandez
(Van Buren, Arkansas, USA)
My name is Joseph Hernandez. I'm a 37-year-old first generation Cuban Refugee That means that my father emigrated from Cuba when Castro took over, and cannot ever return.
I'm married, have three kids in my custody and I do everything that I can to provide my family with the best life that they can have.
My family is my world, and I would do anything for them, even if it hurts me.
In 1996, I was stabbed in the head with a knife, while trying to protect my younger brother. As a result of this injury, I have some brain damage, and I cannot read or write well.
I also have a hard time remembering things. Because of that, I worked in manual labor my whole life. For over 10 years, I did sheet metal fabrication, which involves a lot of heavy lifting.
It was hard work, but I didn't mind it because it enabled me to take care of my family.
Then, in 2010, I started having back problems. When I saw a doctor about it, he took me off work for several weeks. I ended up getting laid off because of it.
I found another job, and it was the same deal. I worked for a little while, and then messed up my back again. This cycle recurred until December 2014, when I finally filed for disability.
I started receiving payments in July of 2015. It turns out that I have five herniated discs in my lower back, my cervical spine is straight, instead of curved, I have brain damage, and I also have Psoriatic Arthritis, which is an auto-immune disease.
My wife does all of my paperwork, because I have difficulty reading and writing, but she's also disabled.
She is a child and spousal abuse survivor, and because of that, she has Major Depression, Anxiety, Agoraphobia, and PTSD, as well as a herniated disc in her lower spine, and Avascular Necrosis of the Lunate (Also known as Kienbock's Disease) in her right wrist.Financial Hardship
Due to our disabilities, neither of us has been able to find work that we can actually DO, physically or mentally.
We have three children to support, and next to no income.
Our combined income for a month is less than $1900. With that, we have to cover rent, utilities, phones, medications, fuel, clothing for our children, and food.
As of November, we will lose all but $875 of that income.
We get food stamps, but it isn't enough to buy food for the entire month. There are times when my wife and I don't eat, so that our children can.Income Efforts
As previously stated, my wife and I have both attempted to find work, my wife even tried going back to school, but due to her wrist problems, was unable to keep up with the writing and typing required of her.
I draw SSD and SSI, and my children get a combined $63 per month on my record.
My mother helps when she can, but she is raising my niece, so the amount of help she can provide is limited.
My wife was told that she isn't disabled ENOUGH to collect either SSD or SSI. We don't know what else we can do.Specific Needs
We are desperately searching for grants to provide the means to buy a home. We want to be able to provide our children with a stable home that will always be there.
The house we are looking at is very reasonably priced, and is in the country, which is something that my wife needs, due to her anxiety and agoraphobia.
She cannot function inside of town, because she is paralyzed by fear. I want her to be able to go outside, and enjoy life to fullest extent that she can, and she cannot do that if she is hiding in our bedroom.Business Idea
We have recently talked about starting an equine rescue, which is another reason that we want the particular home mentioned above.
It comes with 10 acres of land, for less than $125,000. If we could start a rescue, we could then sell the horses that we've nursed back to health, for a small profit.
This would not provide a large amount of income, but it would allow us to make sure that all of our bills are paid, and our children's needs are fully met.
It would also be a great way to give back. Thousands of horses are sold to slaughter every day for no other reason than their owners can no longer afford them.
We want to give those horses a chance to live, and experience the love and respect that they deserve.