Grant Money For Jason To Bolster Army Disability And Ease Transport Woes
by Jason Morris
(Cache, Oklahoma, USA)
My name is Jason Morris. I am a 42-year-old man, currently living in Cache, Oklahoma. I am a single father of a beautiful 11-year-old daughter who will be living full time with me, and a vibrant 19-year-old daughter who is just old enough to be on her own.
I spent a four-year term with the United States Army. Shortly after, I worked a wonderful two years with the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross as an emergency military case worker.
Due to an accident towards the end of my military term, I was declared unable to march due to injuries to both of my knees. During a physical training exercise another service member collided with me, landing across both my knees causing tears beneath the kneecaps.
I was permitted to complete my term but was declared 40% disabled and not permitted to reenlist.
I was also given a disability status on my lower back, and on both of my ears for hearing loss. Since that time, the military has surgically implanted a device called a cochlear implant on the side of my head to assist with my hearing, and have been treating me continuously for testicular cell cancer.
I have had chemotherapy seven times and one bone marrow transplant. The doctor stated that we still have at least one more bone marrow transplant and an open abdominal surgery to remove several tumors from my spine.
Money issues are concerning as most of my appointments are in Oklahoma City. That requires a two-hour drive each way and I have been unable to acquire a reliable vehicle for transportation.
I have recently received custody of my 11-year-old daughter and as a single father of a learning-disabled child I also have to make regular appointments for her with her with a psychologist at the Jim Taliaferro community mental health center. She requires medication, therapy and special classes to assist her.
The military covers the majority of my medications but I still have to cover anything not connected directly to my disability.
Finding employment has been impossible with my illness and even odd jobs are hard to complete when I can find them.
I share utilities with my hopefully future wife Penelope, but she has five children of her own and the large family between the two of us can be very expensive and mentally taxing.
I have attempted to work back in the management field but finding work that allows for all the appointments and sometimes trips to San Antonio Texas for weeks at a time is nearly impossible.
I have even taken work tearing tickets at a movie theater to make ends meet, but that sadly was short-lived as well.
I do receive disability from the Army at 40%, and am receiving Social Security benefits, but even the two of them together only comes to little over $1,500, enough to cover monthly bills, making it impossible to afford payments on a reliable vehicle.
We have become well known at the food bank as regular attending clients and have no one left in the family to request assistance from.
I need assistance in acquiring a reliable vehicle to use as transport to my appointments.
I also need assistance with the repetitive expenses of travel, medications, monthly bills and medications for my daughter.
Hopefully I'll get some relief from the mental and emotional stress that comes with all of this.