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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.


Disability Issues

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.

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Dec 17, 2014
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VA claims help
by: Just another Vet

To help in your VA disability claim there are several organizations that help the Veteran with the claims process: VFW, DAV, American Legion, Veterans Outreach Center, Wounded Warrior Program. They all offer free help with your disability claims.

Even after going through these agencies you can still go through your local congressional office. There is a military liaison in every office. Just call your local Representative's office and ask for the liaison. Your congressional reps office won't fill out the paperwork for you, but they can offer assistance sending your claim to the correct place.

There should be service officers at every VA hospital to help you with refilling your claim. DON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!! If they deny your claim, you have the right to appeal their rating. This is where one of the service reps earn their money. (It's free to you. If they charge you money, go somewhere else.) They get paid to do this work.

Make sure you have all your medical records from any care you were given, whether military or civilian. If the Army, or whoever, did your surgeries, there are records, the police report. Any time you go to see a doctor GET A COPY OF YOUR VISIT. I can't stress that enough. Every scrap of paper concerning your injuries needs to be filed. It doesn't matter if it's military or civilian doctors, you can still use ALL medical paperwork in your claim process.

On the other hand, if you're trying to work the system, you will get caught. I'm not saying this to keep you from applying. I'm just letting you know how things work.

As for SSDI, it's the same thing. Keep appealing. No one is going to come to you and say "I can do this while you sit back and relax." That's not gonna happen. It's your life. You need to help yourself before others will help you.

If there are medical files you don't have, you can request them.

The VA website has a lot of answers and tips for helping in the process. Their website is VA.gov.

I hope I was able to help with this info, or I may have just said what others have already told you, but I would think that if you went through the process with Ability-Mission.org, you can fill out paperwork for the Service Reps.

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