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Grant Money To Help Marine Vet With Spine Pain Get Disability Housing

by Jamie Barnes
(Collinsville, IL, USA)

I am now 26. I am a marine Sergeant, honorably discharged almost a year after the war in Iraq started. I signed up when I was 17.

My wife and I try to stay on our feet but we are yet again forced to move into a homeless shelter.

Disability Issues

When I was 10 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Then when I turned 21, it came back and the doctor noticed there was something wrong with my spine.

It's now degenerative. My spine narrows. I will soon be paralyzed, so I had the back surgery to get titanium cages in my spine and discs.

Every day I am in excruciating pain and sometimes can't even move.

Financial Hardship

Money has been the worst problem. We can't afford to stay anywhere or pay bills.

We went without water for three months because the deposit was too high.

I can't work and my wife tries all she can but has medical issues of her own that keep her from working long hours.

Income Efforts

I receive SSI but that's it.

We have tried everything we can, but there is a waiting list for everything, some as long as three years.

I can never find a work-at-home job. They always want you to buy something that costs a hundred dollars and they make applying for grants so confusing.

Specific Needs

I'm looking for ways myself or my wife can work from home. With my condition getting worse she has to stay with me more.

We would need grants to help us crawl out of this huge hole we are in and get disability housing that I can actually afford.

I don't understand why I don't get cash benefits when the DHS office asks are you pregnant or disabled when applying.

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