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Disabled Veteran Seeks Government Grant To Continue Working

by Eddie Skellett
(Clio, Michigan, USA)

I'm a disabled veteran that has had a rocky past. I have maintained employment as best I could with the restrictions given to me by the VA.

Recently, I was driving semis and my company laid off all of their company drivers and only kept on lease operators.

I began losing money by keeping my truck running to make money. I had to let go of many things... one being insurance.

A freak accident occurred and I lost my right thumb. It was reattached but doesn't work. I can no longer drive because I lost sufficient grip in the hand to pass the D.O.T. physical.

Since May I have lost everything: my house, my bank account, a car, my job, and my bills keep adding up. I only get $367 per month to live on.

I want to work, but I see myself going homeless once my mother passes on. She's in her 70s and her health has deteriorated.

I have skills in house remodeling and landscaping (trade school and personal work) with college degrees in Business, Computers and as a Paralegal.

If I could get a grant to buy the equipment I need and some advertising, I could put myself to work. I have a few friends that would even help me with the work once I get going.

I have to stop my downward cycle of little or no help from the Veterans Administration and Social Security, which will more than likely come way too late.

I am taking the initiative to begin an upward drive and need all the help I can get. Please help me get a decent grant to get a business off the ground.

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May 14, 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:

Disabled Veteran
Linking Disabled Veterans
To Employment Opportunities
www.HireHeroesUSA.org

VA Education Line:
1-888-442-4551

American Legion:
(801) 326-2380

State Veterans Affairs Offices
http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm

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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