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63-Year-Old Navy Veteran Pipefitter Seeks Government Disability Grant

by Ben Duke
(Orange, Texas, USA)

I'm a 63-year-old Navy veteran and I've worked hard my whole life. I've been in construction as a pipefitter in nuclear power plants all over the U.S.

I served in the Merchant Marines and worked for the city of Houston, Texas for several years. I was diagnosed 19 years ago with Type 2 diabetes, a disease that claimed my mother's life.

I continued working though, because that is all I've ever known. I have since lost vision in my left eye because of the disease.

Later, I was diagnosed with asbestosis most likely from inhalation in the refineries and plants I've worked in.

Still I pressed on because I had no other choice. Recently, I suffered a massive heart attack and had to have triple bypass surgery. They then had to put stints in.

I'm now totally disabled. I am on disability, but I can barely eke by on what I was awarded.

I sometimes have to borrow money from relatives to pay for my prescriptions and/or buy diabetic needs such as specialized dietary foods, which are relatively more expensive than ordinary foods.

I have been very proud that my whole life I was able to provide for my family. I find it very humbling to ask for help, but I will be most grateful for anything I may be considered for.

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May 13, 2010
Assistance for Veterans
by: Katina from Ability-Mission.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Ability-Mission.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:

Veteran Services Website

Veterans Medical Care Benefits
(202) 273-8302 or 273-8303

State Veterans Affairs Offices

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 Ability-Mission.org

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