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Disability Grant Will Help USMC Veteran Train For Team USA Sled Hockey

by Joseph
(Salem, OH, USA)

My name is Joe Gibson. I am 27 years old, and a Marine Corps veteran.

I play sled hockey and I am a goalie.

I am also working my way toward Team USA. Last season I was called as a back-up goalie for the developmental team for Team USA.


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Disability Issues

I am a T-12/L-1 Paraplegic. I was in a car wreck where I was ejected out of my passenger side window, breaking my back.

I then lay in the snow for six hours until I was found. I had a body temperature of 91 degrees.

Financial Hardship

I have to travel a lot for hockey and the money I do get is not even enough for food, rent, and other life bills. That's not even considering all the expense of playing a sport.

Everything involved with being in a wheelchair is very expensive.

Income Efforts

I have done everything I can think of to get money. I am on SSDI, I get some help from my family when they can, and I am back in school now getting an education to get a job I can do in a wheelchair.

Specific Needs

I am seeking grants for help with bills, and sled hockey expenses. Even for training, stuff is expensive because you have to buy adapted versions.

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Dec 19, 2012
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Everyone's Talking Joe
by: Claudy

Joe,

It is not just a coincidence that you have loving family and friends all around you! Of course you do! Now I understand better where the drive and determination come from.

I knew a Marine/Hockey Player is probably very popular with people working up the nerve to approach you! Such great heights are within you. I know you are capable of profound achievement. You will succeed.

I an positive your survey results at benefits.gov will be a substantial list of many agencies and grants designed exactly for men like you. It will take quite a while just to go through and decide which will be best for you. You will see opportunities you never even thought about much less know that were there for you. I am certain the list generated by your answers will be nothing less than amazing.

It is your turn for your country to step up and assist in your success. You will indeed succeed. I am excited just in knowing all that is ahead of you.

I could be specific in all your list will entail and that would only be a small portion of all the government assistance you are entitled to. You have earned and you deserve. I do have an idea of what is yet to come for you and I can't wipe this smile off my face.

I'll close with "I remember him from Accessible!"

Dec 19, 2012
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Joe Gibson, a son to be proud of
by: Barb Smith

I am incredibly proud of my son. His strength and determination amaze me. I will never forget the call from the hospital when they said they weren't sure if Joe was going to make it. He was three hours away. I collapsed. Joe has gone from that horrible place in hell to being an inspirational human being as well as athlete. Joe was named after his great grandfather who had more strength of character than any person I have ever met. Those are big shoes to fill and they fit Joe just fine. Thank you for your time.

Dec 19, 2012
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Update on benefits.gov
by: Don from Accessible.org

Hello Joe (and sister Emily),

If you need a helping hand to get started with benefits.gov, watch this tutorial video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRXWklQtb0k

The benefits.gov service is already very easy to use and this video makes it even easier.

I've made a comment about Joe on the benefits.gov YouTube site, and it will appear if the moderator approves it.

Let us know how things work out, okay?

Cheers!
Don from Accessible.org

Dec 19, 2012
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A concrete way to help...
by: Don from Accessible.org

What a sister you are Emily to take the time to write such a glowing and heartwarming comment about your brother!

As Claudy mentioned in his comments, a good place to start is benefits.gov. You could help Joe in such a concrete way by going to benefits.gov yourself and completing the simple survey.

There is no personal data asked so you can just pretend that you are Joe and see what benefits turn up for someone in his situation.

After you answer the questions, the system generates a list of all the benefits/grants programs for which you might be eligible.

This is an easy concrete way for you (or any friend or family) to help Joe.

Let us know how it works out, okay?

Cheers!
Don from Accessible.org

Dec 19, 2012
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Joe is my hero
by: Emily

My name is Emily, I am Joe's sister. I just wanted to add a few things to Joe's story.

Joe is the strongest man I have ever known. He has faced his disability with more strength and determination than I have ever seen a person have. He has not let this obstacle get in his way or slow him down. He faces each challenge with his "nothing will hold me down" attitude. Joe is an amazing man. Not only has he served in the USMC he also is an amazing brother and Uncle. He is my hero and the hero of my children. They love to watch him play hockey as they are cheering him on, because "Uncle Joey is the strongest man ever." I wish more than anything that I would be able to help him more in pursuing his dream of making the Team USA Sled Hockey Team. I watch him struggling to make his money stretch between bills, food, and hockey, while going to school to try to make a better life for himself. I hope and pray that he is able to get a sponsorship so that he is able to pursue his dream without the constant struggle of finances in his way.

In closing I would like to say thank you to anyone who is taking the time to read this. I know that Joe appreciates the time and anyone willing to spread his story. His entire family appreciates it as well. Thank you.

Dec 18, 2012
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A Few Good Men
by: Claudy

Joe,

Thank you for your service and wow I'm impressed by your drive and determination. You are going to rise to great heights. I have not a single doubt of that fact.

I bet you have never been online to a website benefits.gov before. The way benefits.gov works is you take a complete a survey of easy questions like race, gender, place of residence, income, and on and on. You should have no trouble. After you answer all the questions, it gives you a computerized list of all benefits, grants, services and programs you qualify for. It is complete with addresses and contact information. You will be amazed at how much you didn't realize was available for the few good men like you. WOW will probably be your first thought. It's a great resource and you won't be disappointed.

Funding for your hockey may be more of a challenge. Have you thought of the Disability Olympics and trying out for their team. The last was in London, England I believe. They know how to fund athletes and you might consider that route. You certainly sound devoted enough to be good. You might also get out your yellow pages and call all the biggest companies and industries, successful law forms, successful doctors, and so on, to sponsor you. I'm guessing if you spent one single hour each day calling and recruiting sponsors you will have a few within one month. Remember it is tax deductible so ultimately it costs them nothing. Go for the biggest like soda drink companies, beer distributors and on and on. You will succeed. Your story has been published at Accessible.org and that's a start for your portfolio and of course you're a Marine.

Well I deeply hope and wish for your great success to come really soon. Thanks again on the behalf of a grateful Nation for you being a Marine, Sir.

Take care because you are going places...

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