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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.

Disability Issues

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.

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Jul 04, 2015
How to get the Workbook
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Tracey,

The moment we published your story our system sent you an email with a link to the Workbook. Unfortunately those messages sometimes get redirected to the spam folder.

Please contact us at info@ability-mission.org and we'll give you the link to follow.

Don Coggan

Jul 03, 2015
The guide
by: Tracey

How do I get the second guide to download? I didn't receive an email about it.

Jun 22, 2015
by: Sheila Paris

Hi Tracy,

I believe Don is right, you seem to have a lot of confidence in the woodworking talent area. I hope you get into the Workbook and find those resources that will help you get there.

My total admiration for your military service and dedication to protecting folks like me. Hats off!

So sorry you are having to go through all the physical problems and emotional stress. I'll be praying for you and your situation.

Stop by every now and again to let us know your progress and how things are going for you.


Jun 21, 2015

by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Tracey,

With your story published, your next step is to get the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story.

Regarding your woodworking business, you sound so confident about being able to do nearly anything. Good for you!

In your business plan, you'll want to have a solid description of how you will sell all the beautiful stuff you build.

There are many approaches you can take. Let me know if you need help brainstorming ideas.

Don Coggan

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