Home Accessible Disability Grant For Herniated Disc Disabled Navy Vet Richard
by Richard Waters
(Springfield, Illinois, USA)
I am a 44-year-old four-year Navy and three-year Army Guard veteran. My wife is a 53-year-old retiree from the phone company.
I have spent most of the last 15 years stripping and waxing floors.
My wife has suffered from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition, since she was 15 years old. She's been legally blind since age 19.
Ten years ago she slipped on the ice breaking both bones in her leg just below the knee. That required four extensive surgeries and a titanium rod with four screws to repair.
The injury left her with little to no feeling in her left leg. Between the near complete blindness and the numbness, she has a hard time getting around and feels very insecure, especially in the shower.
This past winter I herniated the L4-L5 disk in my lower back, which also required surgery to repair. Although the surgery relieved most of the pain I still have considerable weakness and numbness in my left leg that seems unlikely to change.Financial Hardship
Besides the medical bills involved with my back surgery, in the last two years we've had to replace one of our basement walls that was buckling.
As well, my truck finally quit working for good and needed to be replaced.
Every time we seem about ready to be able to actually afford to make improvements something else comes up that drains our savings to nothing so we have to start all over again.Income Efforts
My wife receives SSD and I'm currently receiving disability insurance. I'm in the process of writing a book but the painkillers really seem to limit my creativity.
All my previous jobs have been physically strenuous so I have very little training in any light duty fields.
Before my injury I was attempting to do some of the home upgrades myself but it isn't going to be possible for me to do that any longer.Specific Needs
We're looking for a grant to make the house more accessible for us. We need a walk-in tub installed.
We also need both the front and back doors and frames replaced with metal. They are currently solid wood, which swells when it's humid, making them very difficult for either of us to open.