Government Grant For Disabled Army Veteran Tracey Woodworking Home Business
by Tracey Wilson
(Lawton, Oklahoma, USA)
Hello, my name is Tracey Wilson. I am a 42-year-old male. I currently live in Lawton, Oklahoma.
I am divorced after being with my ex-wife for 15 years. I have two wonderful children. My daughter is 18 and my son is 11.
I was medically retired from the U.S. Army January 30, 2013. I served just over 18 years. Some of that was in the Kansas Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves.
I also served 15 months in Iraq as a Motor Transport Operator. I also served 12 months in Afghanistan as an Information Technology Specialist.
I currently live by myself. I am in the process of buying my house through a rent-to-own contract with some very good friends of mine.
I have several disabilities. I am currently 90% service connected disabled.
I have two bulging discs in my lower back between L3-L4 and L4-L5. I also have neck issues which can cause severe migraine headaches from time to time.
I have had surgery on my right shoulder due to hurting it while I was on a mission in Iraq.
There are times that I have a very hard time getting around and have to use my cane to help me.
I have been diagnosed with 50% PTSD. I have a very hard time going out into public and being around big crowds. I get very nervous and my anxiety gets very bad as well. I have severe depression as well.
I am under the care of 3 different doctors. I take two medications for my PTSD, two medications for pain, two medications to help me sleep, 1 medication for high blood pressure and 2 medications for allergies.Financial Hardship
I am currently unemployed. The only money I have coming in right now is my VA Disability payments, which I receive once a month.
My house payment of $1000, my truck payment of $437.44 and my utility bills take a very big chunk of my money.
I just started going back to school to receive my degree in Information Technology; however I have not started receiving any school money as of yet.Income Efforts
I was working for Serco, Inc. I worked for them for 16 months. The reason I quit was because there was no room to advance in the company.
I applied for several supervisor positions only to get turned down. Also I was having issues with being around so many people.
I have tried the work-at-home, but I am not good at cold calling people and trying to sell something.
I am currently trying to receive help paying my utilities due to not having the money.
I picked up my son for the summer. A friend is helping a little with food.Specific Needs
I am hoping to receive a grant to help me start my own business.
Although I am not one to ask for a handout. I feel this would be the best thing for me at this time.Business Idea
I would like very much to start my own woodworking business. I am very good at making different items out of wood.
What I would need help with is being able to purchase all the equipment that I would need, including a small two-story building that I can have placed in my backyard.
I truly believe I will be very successful in this business. With the equipment I will be able to make pretty much anything, like cabinets, tables, chairs, shelves.
By being able to start this business I will be very comfortable doing this from my house.