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Disabled Wife Of Disabled Veteran Seeks Government Grant For Wheelchair Van

by Linda Elom
(Cherokee, Alabama, USA)

My name is Linda Elom. I am 63 years old. I have a bad back and legs too. I can still get around though.

My husband is Allen Elom. He is 53 years old. He has been disabled since 1997 after two back surgeries and a severe staph infection. He has severe heart disease and is diabetic too.


I need a vehicle to carry his electric wheelchair with us to get him back and forth to the doctors.

I am beginning to get lots worse having to lift his wheelchair around. Some days I can't even straighten up with my back. But I still try to continue on.

We are on disability and we can't afford a vehicle with a lift to help us. He never gets out of the house except for the doctors, because it is so hard on me.

I have got to have total knee replacement on both of my knees. Our medical bills are growing bigger and bigger. I have COPD too, but so far I have manage to keep him at home and take care of him.

It would be greatly appreciated if someone could help us with a vehicle to get him around in. Thanks in advance for everything. Sincerely, Linda Elom.

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by: Katina from Ability-Mission.org

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:

Resource Links:
http://www.ability-mission.org/disability-resources.html

Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315

Benefits Fact Sheet http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/milsvc/benfacts.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 Ability-Mission.org

Good luck!

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