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Grant Money To Help Disabled USMC Vet Regain Autonomy And Dignity

by Jose Ojeda
(Pensacola, Florida, USA)

I am a 52-year-old USMC veteran, and father of four estranged children not by choice.

I was born in New York, N.Y. Of Spain/ Puerto Rican parents now living in Pensacola, FL.

I have worked hard all my life even two jobs at times to provide for my children.

Disability Issues

I developed breathing problems working in the printing industry for 30 years, but in October 2012 my back completely gave out.

During rehab, doctors found me to have degenerative disk disease, COPD, depression, anxiety and hypertension.

I now receive SSDI and can no longer work.

Financial Hardship

I now only receive less than 30 percent of my former income. I make $430 over my mortgage.

I haven't been able to make my car payment in two months, due to medication costs, high gas and light bills and auto insurance, which are all delinquent because I can only pay partials every month.

I only receive $61 in food stamps, which doesn't go a long way.

Income Efforts

I have tried every agency for help, and always get the same answer, "You make too much money."

I can't work, sit or stand for more than a few minutes at a time.

My friends and family all disappeared after my money ran out.

Specific Needs

I am looking for a way to get caught up. Any help, advice, grants and loans will help.

No sympathy please, I am a proud man who has worked hard and served his country and just needs a little help to regain his dignity.

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