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42-Year-Old Hard-Working Veteran Now Needs Government Grant Money

by Ron Wittig
(Milwakee, WI, USA)

I'm a 42-year-old hard-working Air Force veteran in desperate need of a government housing or disability grant. I was laid off from my job back in July of 2007. It has been very difficult trying to find a job or jobs that together pay enough to take care of all of my bills.

I'm the type of person that will go ahead and work many jobs at the same time or an over abundance amount of over-time if the job allows it. I am willing to do whatever is necessary to survive if need be.

But none of the jobs that have been available in my area "even if I were to work multiple full-time jobs at the same time" have added up to enough money to take care of the bills that I have.

I've continued to look for work, when last summer (summer of 2008), I had a very unique situation happen to me. I had developed a flesh-eating bacterial infection in my neck.

I am also a diabetic and with the flesh-eating bacterial infection, my diabetic blood sugar numbers went as high as 750. With my diabetic blood sugars being at such a high number of 750, my internal organs started to shut down. The doctors had stated that my blood was very acidic.

Because of my diabetic blood sugars making my blood so very acidic and my internal organs had started to shut down. I had absolutely no use of my four limbs. I needed help in picking up a spoon or a fork, just so that I could eat a meal.

I was also diagnosed with a GI bleed. With all of the blood that I had lost, I was also given many different types of medications intravenously.

With all of these very serious medical conditions all wreaking havoc on my body at the same time. I was bedridden for several weeks as part of my recovery process. I had developed blood clots on my lungs, because I was bedridden for such a long period of time. Plus, I needed several months of both Occupational and Physical therapy.

As of October of 2009, I still cannot walk for any length without being in overbearing pain. I cannot stand for any length of time. I am on four different kinds of painkillers each and every day, just trying to make it through the entire day.

I have tried to ask my doctor if the day will ever come to where I will ever be completely healed, and she refuses to give me a straight answer. I have also asked her if the day will ever come to where I will ever be able to go back to work again, and with this question as well, she refuses to answer.

So I have now taken the route of trying to get onto Social Security. They have denied me twice already. I have gone ahead and retained an attorney to help me with my Social Security case. My doctor even refuses to fill out the paperwork that my lawyer deems necessary to proceed on with my case.

I have completely run out of unemployment for about a year now. I ended up being evicted from where I was living because I could not pay the rent. I am currently living with an old girlfriend of mine because I had nowhere else to go.

She herself has recently been laid off from her job as well. So at the present time, neither one of us is working. We are getting $175/month in food stamps and going to food pantries just so that we can eat.

We have had to use the Energy Assistance Program last winter just to pay the electric bill because we had no other way to pay it. She has been unemployed for quite a long time now and I fear that if she does not find something very soon, she and I will both end up having no place to go and living out on the streets.

I have a very small check that I receive from the government for a service-connected disability that I had acquired while I was in the Air Force. When I moved in with my ex-girlfriend, I had put my belongings into a storage unit until my living arrangements could be changed. This small government check barely covers the monthly rent on my storage unit.

All of my other bills keep calling up the house and harassing me. They have now proceeded on to actually suing me for the money that they are each owed. I otherwise have absolutely no other income coming in. And no way to go out onto the local economy and find a job because I am still considered injured.

I would like to file for bankruptcy on all of the bills that keep calling up the house and also try to see if I could possibly go back to school and learn a new trade so that when I am allowed to go back to work, that I'll have a career to go into.

I need a government housing or disability grant really bad. Any help or suggestions would be welcome.

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May 04, 2010
Grant Money
by: Katina from Accessible.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Accessible.org. With the publication of your story, you are now well on your way to:

1. Getting your story known to a wide audience that could help you.

2. Getting your story polished up and presentable so you can submit it elsewhere, including the White House.

As a disabled person myself, I can sympathize with your situation and I definitely understand your need for help.

I've done a bit of research and found these resources for you:

U.S. Department of Labor

Rebuilding Together

Others reading your story may be able to contribute more.

In any case, please let us know if they've been helpful to you.

Katina from Accessible.org

Good luck!

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