63-Year-Old Veteran Seeks Government Disability Grant For Accessible Housing
by James C. Holmes
(Mayfield, UT, USA)
James C. Holmes, USAF MSgt (Retired)
I am a 63-year-old veteran, retired USAF MSgt (E-7). Vietnam Veteran (June 1966-June 1967).
I fractured my neck while on active duty at age 25 in 1971, but because the Air Force doctor never got the X-ray report I was not treated correctly.
After I retired I applied for compensation from the VA in 1991. Yes they found the X-Ray report in my medical records. They awarded me only 10% disability rating.
I have continued throughout my life in extreme pain and suffering.
I had a massive heart attack with quadruple bypass surgery just before my 50th birthday. I have peripheral neuropathy in both lower legs and feet. I have bi-polar disorder that started just after retirement from the Air Force.
I believe the heart attack, peripheral neuropathy, and bipolar disorder is from exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam.
Because of the pain and suffering, I applied for Social Security Disability at age 51 and was declared 100% disabled. Of course the VA doesn't see it that way and tells me I am employable.
I have to take too many narcotics and sleeping pills to be employable. Also, I can't sit up for more than two hours, and do any physical labor that involves carrying more than 10 lbs.
I just don't understand how the VA can say I am not 100% disabled and that I am employable.
We, my wife and I, barely survive on my Social Security, Postal, and Military Retirement pay. You can't receive more than one full retirement from the United States Government.
A government housing grant could help me have my home equipped with handicapped ramps and disabled equipment. Our home needs a new roof.
I don't think I'm going to be able to drive a normal car very soon because of the neuropathy in my feet. I live about 160 miles from the VA Hospital.