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Disability Grants To Help Arthritis Disabled US Navy Vet Jimmy Reduce Family Burden

by Jimmy Sturgill
(Kettering, Ohio, USA)

Hi, I'm a 58-year-old US Navy veteran that was on the first US ship in Iran when they took the hostages in 1979.

I am the proud father of three great young adults including 1st class Petty Officer in the US Navy and I have three grandchildren.

I live by myself in Kettering, Ohio.

Navy Vet Jimmy With Dedicated Family
Navy Vet Jimmy With Dedicated Family

Disability Issues

Originally I was receiving SSDI for severe arthritis and obesity. I have since lost over 100 pounds with another 100 to lose, but that changed when I fell and moved my spinal cord out of place.

I was taken by ambulance to a local trauma hospital. At first I couldn't move or feel anything. Feeling gradually returned, but not movement.

I spent 24 days there with no PT or OT. They didn't really know what was wrong or seem to care for matter. I was released to a local nursing home. The first question they asked my wife was if I die where do they send the body.

After 10 days again with no PT or OT, my son came to check on me. He had been out to sea. He immediately called for EMTs. I was in kidney shutdown from an infection. I woke up five days later in ICU.

I was released to another nursing home. After five days, my wife told the night nurse that I needed to go back to the hospital. It took some convincing but I went back.

This time a staff doctor was curious enough to order some test including an MRI of the spinal cord. That's when they found the broken neck.

I had to have my C2 Through C6 vertebrae fused. After six months two different nursing homes, I was released to my wife. I could take a couple steps with a walker. The day, my wife told me she was leaving as soon as I could take care of myself.

Financial Hardship

Before I fell, my credit was improving and I had some savings and NO credit card debt. After returning, I found that my ex had been on a spending spree, as her way of handling my accident (she is bipolar).

All the savings disappeared and the credit cards maxed out. Our lease was coming due soon. She said I could take care of myself good enough, even though I couldn't clean myself after going to the bathroom.

With no money to rent another place, my mother borrowed money against her home to buy the house I live in. I pay her mortgage payment and the upkeep on the house. The ex moved in with her mom.

With the cost of medicine and keeping up an 11-year-old car, there's no money for home improvements.

Income Efforts

I receive SSDI, which pays the bills (barely).

I used to be a crafty person making things for people. With the spinal injury, though, I can't do what I used to.

I'm also the type that would rather do without than ask for help.

Specific Needs

I'm looking for a grant or any financial help to make my house more handicap-friendly: a low step into shower, taller toilets.

It would be great also to move the washer and dryer to a more user-friendly location.

I also need quite a bit of dental work, but have no money to cover the cost.

Help and prayer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Feb 08, 2016
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Thank You
by: Jimmy Sturgill

My Many Thanks to the workers at ability-mission.org for helping me Thank You Jimmy Sturgill

Feb 06, 2016
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Next step... the Workbook
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Jimmy,

Congrats on getting your story published. You may now move on to the Workbook which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Best regards,
Don Coggan

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