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Disabled Single Mom Of Son With Learning Disability Seeks Grant For Home Repair

by Wendy Thacker
(Luka, MS, USA)

I am a 35-year-old divorced and disabled single mother of a 14-year-old son named Dakota, who has learning disabilities.

I have a full-time job and I have been in the Mississippi Army National Guard for six years.

Last April a tornado destroyed my home and now I am having to live with my parents Roy and Sherry Thacker.

My parents live on a fixed income of $900 a month and are raising two of their grandkids: Montana aged eight and John aged five.

I am in the process of building my house back and I have ran out of funds due to doctor bills for me and my son.

His next doctor visit is $2000 up front and they don't take Mississippi Medicaid so I guess he won't be going and our house won't get finished due to the money problems we are having.

I'm waiting to hear something from the VA hospital, but it has been a year and I haven't heard anything yet.

Although I have a full-time job, I'm stressed out with having less than nothing after paying the car note and insurance, paying medical bills for my son and myself and trying to finish the house.

I am looking for a grant to help me pay some bills and to finish my house and cover some of son's doctor bills.

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May 11, 2012
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Notta mucha lucka ina Luca! Letsa changa!
by: Ken

Hi Wendy,

The first thing I have found for you is this address that may help with your son's learning disability:

http://www.projectappleseed.org/

Here is another site that may be able to direct you to get support for your parents' home repairs. You may have to get some information from the links on who is responsible for the programs:

http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/

And as for you, I know you are waiting for the VA, but it sounds like you are being pushed aside. You have to start squeaking before you get the grease. Keep on them, everyday if that is what it takes! Do you have a file number? Ask questions, find out when, get them to give you a date as you are looking for opportunities, but you need a time frame to work on! Get after them, tire them out instead of yourself! Be positive. Approach them in an upbeat attitude, like a winner! Be excited, but calm in conversation.

Best wishes,
Ken

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