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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
Assistance for Veterans
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

VA Education Line:

American Legion:
(801) 326-2380

State Veterans Affairs Offices

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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