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Disabled Veteran Seeking A Government Disability Grant

by Richard Mashek
(Sturgis, SD, USA)

I'm a disabled veteran seeking a government disability grant. I have lived with my disability for the last 24 years. Every day I suffer headaches that keep me in bed and from doing everyday activities.

I have become so depressed because every doctor tells me that there is nothing they can do to help me with this pain that I just have to live with it.

I am writing now to ask for a government disability grant because I am not able to work and my income is limited. Being a veteran who is disabled, I get help on my rent but it is not enough because they go by my gross income before I pay alimony. When I got divorced they granted her alimony knowing that I was disabled and unable to work.

When I was 29 years old I was working on an oil rig and fell, injuring three disks in my neck. One disk disintegrated, and I had to get two disks fused. I had many surgeries since then which has created too much scar tissue that they say they can no longer fix. I was supposed to get workman’s comp for the rest of my life but some how they got out of paying it after a couple of years.

Some days I feel like I can no longer keep going. The pain is too much for me to handle. I am sick of feeling depressed and worrying about how I am going to pay next months rent.

My daughter has done some research and found a doctor that might be able to help me, but what can I do when I don’t even have enough money to have a place to live in, or have a vehicle to get there.

I know there are people far worse off than I am, but maybe once I find that there is hope out there then I can help others find it too. I would be very appreciative of the financial assistance or government grant to help me with a place to live.

I am hoping that once I get help with that I will be able to afford to see some specialists to help me with this pain. This disabled veteran seeking a government disability grant thanks you for your time. Richard Mashek.

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May 04, 2010
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by: Katina from Accessible.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Accessible.org. With the publication of your story, you are now well on your way to:

1. Getting your story known to a wide audience that could help you.

2. Getting your story polished up and presentable so you can submit it elsewhere, including the White House.

As a disabled person myself, I can sympathize with your situation and I definitely understand your need for help.

I've done a bit of research and found these resources for you:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
Call Center for Homeless Vets: 1-877-424-3838
Medical Centers: 1-800-827-1000

Rebuilding Together
http://www.rebuildingtogether.org/

Others reading your story may be able to contribute more.

In any case, please let us know if they've been helpful to you.

Katina from Accessible.org

Good luck!

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