Grants To Help Veteran Paul Deal With Suffering Due To Multiple Disabilities
by Paul Hicks
(Mont Belvieu, Texas, USA)
My name is Paul Hicks. I'm 51 years old. I started my public service career when I was just 20 years old. I have worked for the last 30-plus years in public service.
30 Plus Years In Public Service
My employment service includes: Private Security, Customs Protection, Texas Army National Guard, Texas Department of Corrections and Texas State Guard.
On top of my regular full-time job, I worked for free for the past nine and half years to help out fellow Texans in time of Emergencies.
Now, all I have for my hard work are mounting debt and major stress.
I have several disability issues that keep me from working and most of the time just enjoying life in general. I'm totally deaf in the left ear and almost the same in the right ear as well.
I have had several major surgeries in the last few years and blood transfusions in 2013 to replace seven pints of blood that they still don't know where it went.
I have chronic pain 24/7. It seems never to go away along with the numbness. I had left eye surgery and left ear surgery.
My left leg that got run over in the past still has problems. My pelvis bones got cracked in a car wreck.
I have lower back pain due to being hit in lower back with a hammer by a family member when I was a teenager.
I've had two major hernia surgeries. In the last one, they took my stomach out of my chest and placed it back in the correct location and tied it off to keep it in one place.
I also suffer the mental stress of dealing with all this and the people who treat you different and act like your stupid because you can't hear them or you ask them to repeat something several times. It makes you want to just scream sometimes.Financial Hardship
Even though I worked all my life trying to better myself as much as I could, I've never asked for help. Now I'm in a position where I have no choice. I'm unable to work.
My transportation is in need of lots of repairs, but I don't have the money to do them or pay someone to. I can't drive when it rains because the windshield wipers fell off.
I don't have money to go to the doctor and get the treatment I need such as blood pressure tests or to follow up on my blood loss problems and stomach problems and get further testing for breathing problems.Income Efforts
I received Social Security Disability Insurance, but I have to wait for Medicare for two years because I worked all my life. They say I have to wait now while my conditions only get worse.
Someone who never worked or just got out of prison gets Social Security Insurance and Medicaid no questions asked and get to see a doctor the next day. This seems so unfair, when I think of all I have to go through to get so much less.
Now the IRS is attacking me for money they say I owe for the last two years I worked. They are threatening to take my social security. I can't seem to catch a break here.Specific Needs
1. I need benefits such as food stamps, to help with food.
2. I need grants to help with repair of truck to make it safe to drive to store, doctors visit etc.
3. SSI lawyer advice, because I was approved for Social security in 2013 and got my first check in 2014. I first applied in 2006 and was turned down every year, and I did not get back pay from the first time I applied.
4. I need help with a predatory school and the loan scams.
I started at Everest in May 2009 and graduated with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice in April 2012. For three years after graduation, the college refused to give me my diploma because I had an alleged overdue balance of $643.
It took me almost six years in total to get $48,000 in debt to get a degree. That should have only taken two years. Furthermore, they stole over $12,000 in Pell Grants.
Now, all I have for my hard work and mounting debt are a bunch of worthless papers.
The Department of Education should have protected students from these predators. As a public servant, I am appalled that the Department of Education is abusing our hard work and money.