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Grant Money To Help COPD Disabled Diabetic Veteran Rid Sewage Hazard

by Gordon Kelley
(Winchester, Tennessee, USA)

I am a 60-year-old veteran service connected at 100%. I had three children and a wife of 39 years. I am devoted to my family.

I have had this home for almost 20 years. For the last 16 years, I have been trying to get a problem solved with water being dumped on my property from the county and state.

Nothing has been done to correct the problem.

They tell me that because of the statute of limitations, there is nothing they can do. It looks more like they have the right to do what they want to.

I've talked to at least three lawyers, even out the county, only to be told the same thing.

The EPA has no answers for me either. They say that until I stop the water flow, they cannot issue a septic permit. The problem is I can't stop the water without getting sued.

You see it completely covers my septic lines. There had already been two sets of lines placed in this yard when I bought this house. Nobody said this house ever had sewer problems.

And they already been fixed twice before I bought the property and there was no place to put any more. Water started to stand under the house, causing mold.

Then last year I found out from the guy that sold us the house, that was a prior problem too. My and I were in Walmart when he asked if water was standing underneath this house again.

We were surprised he would ask such a question if he hadn't known of this problem before. All this had been temporarily covered up so he could get rid of this house.

Now I am left with a home that is dangerous to our safety and no way to fix it. It's probably causing serious problems to my family.

I do not have the money to fix this and I'm not physically able to fix it. I have a mortgage and I cannot afford to move.

I have sewer gases coming back into my home, there's mold, and we can't flush the toilets half the time. When we can it flows out into the backyard.

We can't use the dishwasher or the washing machine or shower like we would like to.

But we are supposed to keep living this way.

I also have two grandchildren. The oldest suffers from severe asthma and if he stays overnight here it upsets it badly.

We have also talked to our senator and he was trying to help us but he did not get far either before he was voted out.

He wanted to know how they ever got a septic permit to put this house in here.

After all our contacts in the last 16 years, we wrote the governor. His answer was, "You need to contact your local official office." We can't get anything done or get help.

I would not have bought this house had if I had known about the prior problems with this home.

The state and county have ruined my property by dumping water onto it. I had my septic tank pumped six or seven times in the last eight years.

We cannot keep going with this added expense to this property. This home has a lot of memories for us.

This is where our children spent their teen years. It's the first long-term home they ever had. They all graduated high school while living here.

This where we lived when they got married and left. This is the only home my grandchildren remember granny and papa living in.

It also holds the memories of out youngest child as he passed away in 2002 and my wife has a hard time getting rid of memories.

Also I do not want to leave my wife with this mess to deal with. She already has enough on her plate.

I'm not trying to get out of a payment. I just want to fix up or move out of my house.

I don't care what they do with the property. I just want to be able to live without having to worry about flushing the toilet, taking a shower, running the washing machine, or using dishwasher.

Disability Issues

I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis of the lungs in early 1973. I wasn't treated for the problem until 1989, after it had destroyed my breathing so bad I had to go on oxygen.

Then I developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Then I got diabetes from all the steroids I had to take and as my condition worsens I am now using 4 liters of oxygen.

Yes I know I should not be in this house, but what choice do I have. Because of the mold and sewer conditions, my wife has heart problems, and an autoimmune disease of some kind they can't pinpoint yet.

This past year she has had a first asthma attack and also severe depression and has days she can hardly walk.

Since this house is not handicap accessible, it's hard for her to get in and out of shower because of the pain in her joints.

We both notice we keep constant sniffle and a cough. The last time I was in the hospital for 10 days, I did not sniffle or have a running nose. But after spending one night here my allergy seems to get aggravated again.

The few times I have had to be removed by ambulance, they could not get in the bedroom with the small bed to get me or her through the small bedroom doors and turn in hallway.

I use oxygen CPAP and breathing treatment and sometimes I worry about the toxins I might be sucking in when I'm not using them for an hour, especially if there are mold spores in the air

Both of us suffer from some memory loss and itching eyes.

We're both diabetics with breathing problems.

I'll never understand why the county and state people have the right to destroy my home and not fix it, and how someone could be to permitted sell a house with problems and cover them up.

Financial Hardship

I have to use a motorized wheelchair because oxygen levels fall low when I walk and move about.

We'd be quite comfortable if it were not for the problems we have with the property and not being able to fix the problems with the yard. We could never afford to do any of that without the help of a grant.

What money we have is going to doctors and food for us because we both are diabetics and have extra needs to care for ourselves.

We did not create these problems. We are left to clean somebody mess

This house has truly caused a financial hardship on us. We constantly need to have something done because of this water damage, especially to our central unit.

Income Efforts

We usually try to handle our own problems and don't apply for anything.

I draw a service-connected disability and social security and so does my wife. It doesn't help though when you're faced with these kinds of expenses and no way of fixing them.

I just can't afford another mortgage to move, but I'm very scared of the health hazard we are living in.

Specific Needs

We need advice, legal assistance and/or a grant. We are at a loss as to what we can do on our own.

Advice might be nice if anyone has a solution to this problem because the only one I could find would be to put in city sewer, but I don't see that happening unless the town comes this way.

We could use a grant to move out of this house/swamp, before it drowns us.

You heard the old saying a MONEY PIT? That's what this house is. It was built in 1973, so it's not really an old house. It would be a good home if it were not for the septic issues.

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