Education Family Support Grant For 70 Percent Disabled Army Veteran
(Copperas Cove, TX, USA)
I'm a 30-year-old disabled Army veteran and father of three daughters ages 9, 11 and 13.
I am divorced and have full custody of all three children. I live with my fiancée and her 8-year-old daughter.
I served for eight years and five months on active duty in the U.S. Army. I have been through two deployments: one in 2003 and another in 2005. Both tours were in Iraq.
I have been stationed at Fort Hood, Texas two times and in Germany once. I was awarded two military occupational specialties while in the Army: Fuel and Electrical System Repairer and Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. I cannot perform either of these jobs anymore.
I am a 70% service-connected disabled veteran. I have been diagnosed with PTSD. I have a bad left knee and ankle. I suffer from migraines. I have Dysthymic Disorder and Carpal Tunnel syndrome in both hands.
I have had surgery on both hands and it has caused me to not be able to perform my job as a mechanic anymore.
The PTSD and the Dysthymic Disorder cause hardships in my home because I have constant mood swings and I am very irritable most of the time.
It has also caused my stress level at work to rise making it hard at times to deal with people.
I am currently a contractor working for the Army Reserve. I am unable to obtain a position at another job due to the fact that I cannot perform my job anymore.
If the contract where I work is lost or closed down I will be unemployed with no financial means other than my Veterans Affairs disability for my family.
I am currently trying to go back to school full time under the Vocational Rehabilitation Program that the Veterans Affairs offers but it is impossible without the funding to take care of my family.
I am looking for benefits or grants that will help me take care of my family while I go to school to get retrained in a career that I can perform to support my family.
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