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