20 Year Old PTSD Suffering Veteran Looking For Government Housing Grant Money
by Thomas Eccles
(Erie, PA, USA)
My name is Thomas Eccles. I am 20 years old with a 14-month-old son, and a wife of almost two years. I'm looking for some government housing grant money to help us move to a better place.
I am a veteran of the 101st Airborne division out of Fort Campbell, KY. I was deployed for 11 months of my service and then discharged for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.)
I have applied for MANY jobs, both online and in person. I have been told I have a very well put together resume. I have been to many online sites to help veterans, as well as Careerlink.com in Erie.
I have been to many job interviews. 20% say I don't have the experience they are looking for, which is understandable. I'm 20 years old with a GED and only military as a prior job.
The other 80% of them tell me, "We will not hire you due to the PTSD." From what I am told employers are not to discriminate potential employees due to any sort of disabilities.
My real question that I have been trying to get answered I got home is, "Why is it that men and women can fight for our country, and put their physical and mental states on the line, but when we need the country the most they turn their backs on us." That is the way that I feel, or how I have been treated since being discharged.
I just find it hard to believe how many veterans are homeless and lose everything when they get out of the service. Granted, I understand some just don't take back control of their life and that is their choice.
But there are a few of us that have families at a very young age with a service-connected disability, and can't seem to find any help.
We struggle month by month, hoping to be able to pay all the bills and rent on time as well as keep food and house supplies in stock. Currently I have been on unemployment for a year and half now with no luck.
We would like to move out of the house we are in right now. My wife and I currently rent a two-bedroom, one-bath house. Its a very small house and VERY expensive. The rent alone is $675 a month plus gas, electric, garbage/sewage.
The main thing stopping us from moving is we don't have enough money to pay a security deposit, plus the first month's rent on another house/apartment.
In fact, I don't have the money to pay rent after this month, which makes moving out next to impossible. My wife has a job, but she doesn't receive any hours due to the seasonal workers working at her job.
This is my story and why I am looking for help. Any government grant money or other support you could point us to would be much appreciated.