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Disability Grants To Help Vietnam Veteran Live Remaining Life To The Fullest

by Tommie Stover
(Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA)

I am a 61-year-old Vietnam era disabled veteran. I'm a single guy, never married, with one daughter 27 years old.

I recently moved from the Northeast to South Carolina after a death in the family to live with my sister.

After my military service I struggled with permanent housing. Although I have been able to maintain a level of comfort over the years, I'm still struggling!


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Disability Issues

In 1974 while stationed in Germany, I was unknowingly exposed to Hepatitis C. I was never administered any treatment until 2010, when I underwent a 52-week regiment of injections of interferon and Pegasus to slow the liver damage.

I also suffer from a number of other ailments:

- Leukemia for which I have daily chemotherapy
- Thyroid cancer
- Hypertension
- Bipolar disorder
- Blood Platelet Disorders
- Positive PPD
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Severe depression for which I recently started treatment

Financial Hardship

Even though I received Social Security disability, along with 60% VA benefits it's not a sufficient amount to survive on.

Living with my sister after she lost her veteran husband a year ago has been both a blessing and a burden. What funds I do receive I sacrifice to help her with her financial obligations as a homeowner.

She too struggles, having to work each and every day to make up for the lost income of her husband.

I can honestly say that I'm grateful for the Veterans Administration for supplying my chemotherapy and all medications at no charge. Without them I would not be able to afford it, and in all honesty, I would probably not be around to even be making this statement.

My local VA treatment center is about 80 miles away. I average four to five appointments per month. I usually drive myself, unless the treatment requires that I bring a second driver for safety. I have to set aside funds for travel expenses.

At the present time I'm waiting on an appeal from the Veterans Administration for an increase in benefits. It's now been six and a half months. I've requested a status update, with no response.

The last 10 years have been quite stressful and taxing to say the least. I'm requesting some assistance in housing and for my day-to-day living

Income Efforts

I worked for a number of years as a truck driver, until my medical conditions would not allow me to continue in my field of expertise. I've always been self sufficient and hard working to say the least.

I've attempted several work-from-home projects only to find out they were shams.

I depend on Social Security Disability, and partial VA benefits.

I accept donations from family when they can afford to.

Specific Needs

I'm seeking a grant that will enable me to live the remainder of whatever life I have left to the fullest. Housing assistance would help immensely.

I want to once again be self sufficient, having peace of mind and the confidence of knowing that I no longer have to depend on others for my security or well-being.

I wish to return to my hobbies, things I enjoy most like the great outdoors. I enjoy fishing. It's relaxing and rewarding, and camping is what life's all about… enjoyment!

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Feb 10, 2014
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Quailty of Life
by: TOMMIE STOVER

I want to thank you first and foremost for being given the opportunity to share my story of struggle and success to this date.

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