Grants And Advice For Army Veteran Disabled By Accident While Serving
by Donald Weber
(Spokane, Washington, USA)
I am a white male, age 55. I grew up as an only child. I was married and divorced three times.
I have three children with my first wife and four grandchildren.
I joined the Army at age 17 and served in Germany from 1975 to 1978.
While serving in Germany I was involved in a vehicle accident. I was a passenger in the back seat. The car rolled over and landed upside-down. I was pinned underneath for 45 minutes until rescued.
The accident caused traumatic head injury. I received so-called cosmetic reconstruction due to fractures.
They started paying me 30% for the basic problem, and then they upped it to 50% for scars and numbness on one side of my face.
They don't want to admit to brain injury or blunt force trauma. My claim has been pending since January 2011.Financial Hardship
I'm struggling to maintain bills. The only income I have is VA disability and $100 for food stamps.
I've been denied SSI twice. I tried to work last year. I couldn't have worked a real job anyway.
Since 2008, my truck won't run. My car is broke and I can't pay my bills. I almost lost the house; payments are $610 and disability only pays $810. There's just not enough left over.Income Efforts
I'm always trying the church, but they can never help. Vet disability only pays every six months.Specific Needs
Right now I just need some money. I would also like to get help with getting VA disability upped to 100%.
I could also use SSI Disability, free legal help and some help paying my bills if possible.Business Idea
I always thought I could start a masonry company to fix houses and repair block walls, but I would need my truck fixed and the equipment.