Grant To Save Veteran Family With Multiple Disabilities From Medical Disaster
by Deborah Powers
(Clarkesville, GA, USA)
My spouse of 39 years is a Vietnam service-connected disabled Veteran. Nick is 59 years old I am 56, a breast cancer and Lupus patient.
We have an adopted son who is 19 and in school. We also have a disabled son, Eric who is 33.
Nick is a Vietnam veteran and disabled. I have been his caretaker for the last eight years while battling breast cancer.
Nick has had six strokes, open-heart surgery, hearing loss, end stage of COPD, etc.
He has been in intensive care dozens of times. The last was from Christmas day 2012 to January 9 2013.
He is in a hospital bed with oxygen 24/7. His communication skills are weak and hearing is very little.
I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in 2006. I had two years of chemo and 35 treatments of radiation.
Lupus is a daily struggle. Nick is the priority.
Eric our son is bipolar. He has to be taken care of.
For 38 years we had excellent credit. I have been very conservative and if medication is a factor I get Nick's and I do without.
Our medical bills are staggering. With the oxygen equipment required for Nick, our power bill runs around $500 a month.
Nick is treated at the VA hospital in Decatur, Georgia. This is a 200-mile trip for us. He may have four to six visits per month.
We lost our vehicle four months ago. I'm driving a 2003 Honda with over 200,000 miles on it. I pray we make it to the hospital.
As a caretaker and patient for six years I'm trying to hang on to our home.
Nick is like a child now. He's brain damaged and doesn't understand the situation.
I don't even know where to start.
Our income comes from SS disability.
Nick had income from MetLife long term insurance. He paid the premium for years at the company he worked for before being disabled.
We received a letter last June that his check would be stopped and that we owe them $32,000.
Seems MetLife went back to 2009 and decided Nick could only receive 60% of his previous income.
Four months before, we purchased a Grand Cherokee as Nick is in pain while riding and can't ride in a small vehicle.
Without this income I had no choice but to drive the vehicle back to the bank. It's very hard. Now we're filing for bankruptcy.
We're very proud people who have tried to work and can't now.
We want to do the right thing.
It's hard to even list all the needs. I'm not familiar with grants but if any are available, yes.
We need help in paying for all the medical bills and utilities, and just trying to keep our home.
Any help would be appreciated.