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Grants And Benefits To Help Concussion Disabled Jay Improve Finances

by Jay Klapperich
(Redmond, Oregon, USA)

I am a 45-year-old married man with a wife and two stepchildren, both daughters. I also have six grandchildren five granddaughters and one grandson, ages from 17 years old to six years old.

My family is very important in my life even they are not my own. They have been my family most of their lives, especially the grandchildren.

Disability Issues

December 28, 2008 was not the best day. I have been a meat cutter for over 25 years. I was an assistant meat manager for an individual grocery store. It was a great place to work, and I worked there for almost 13 years.

That day was a busy day. We had three people working in the meat department. We were getting ready for New Years, taking orders and filling the meat case.

One employee was giving the meat wrapper a hard time (we all gave each other a hard time) and was telling the meat wrapper to fill the counter.

My mistake was not paying attention.

The teasing did not seem to get out of hand. Nothing was said for few hours. I was cutting a roast for a customer and all of a sudden I felt something hit me in the back of the head and it almost knocked me out.

I put my head down so I wouldn't fall. I looked down and saw a roll of labels rolling on the ground (it looks like a roll of duct tape and heavy) and looked over at the meat wrapper and noticed he threw the roll and tried to hit the other meat cutter but hit me instead.

He was angry for the teasing he was getting from the other person and decided to take matters into his own hands.

He gave me a concussion from which I have not recovered since that hit. It took over two years, but I finally got Disability and I am now fully disabled.

Financial Hardship

The money I got from the injury is all gone. We got enough to keep our house and getting around $1600 a month for Disability.

I no longer can work and I do not drive much because of the injury. My wife now works full time instead. It is very hard for us to make ends meet. We have had to use credit cards for bills, food and other items.

We also try to help our youngest daughter out as much as we can. She is also disabled because of her hearing and raising two daughters with no husband is really hard for her.

My wife last year had back surgery, which made her miss four months of work. She is doing the best she can, but it will take a while for her to heal and she does not know how much longer she will work.

Income Efforts

I have tried to go back to work, but the symptoms from this injury have nailed me to the ground. I am a liability to anyone who hires me because of the dizziness I have.

I did receive Disability and this is the first time I have attempted to try to find help from anywhere else.

Asking family for help is not an option.

Specific Needs

I am seeking help from any benefits or grants to help with some of our bills or anything else that could help my wife and me.

My personal goal is to help other people in need that have this type of situation where they have no control over what happens to them.

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