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70 Per Cent Disabled USMC Veteran Seeks Grant To Move Vehicle To Michigan

by George
(Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)

I am a 25-year-old, five-year Marine Corps veteran from Michigan. I am currently engaged to a wonderful woman, my love from high school.

She has a four-year-old daughter who I have fallen for and instantly wrapped around her little finger, or so I have been told.

After we marry, we do plan on having at least one more child brought into this world.

My service while in the Marine Corps was exciting. I loved every aspect of it, from the camaraderie to the gritty field ops and field days, the travel from California to Japan and back.

Everything that I've been taught and had instilled in me has definitely shaped me into a better person than I was before I served.

I have a disability of my lower back, particularly my spine. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease, spondylosis and peripheral neuropathy.

It all started with a free running event in the hills of Twentynine Palms, CA in 2008. While I was going down a rocky hill, I tripped and fell and my spine landed on a rock.

Since then, I've been on a downhill slope. My condition continues to degrade, limiting my abilities to stand, sit, lift, move, etc., from what I could do just a year earlier.

Since I have left the Marine Corps, life has been a constant struggle financially. Finding a job seems impossible for me due to my limitations, and the medicine I am on to help control the pain.

I am receiving less than a quarter of what I was earning while I served, so bills are naturally starting to stack up for me since I no longer have the funds I used to have to pay them.

I have opened up every possibility for finding a job. I also have applied for SSI and SSDI, however my income is too great for SSI. It's not by much but enough, and according to state rules, I can still adapt to another form of work, so I am not disabled in the state's eyes.

Specifically I am just looking for a grant to help me move my disabled vehicle from base in California to my new home in Michigan.

Due to my disability and lack of funds, I cannot afford to make the move on my own. I am trying to get it moved before the base has to have it towed and thrown into an impound lot.

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Aug 27, 2012
Car clarifications...
by: George

Sorry for the confusion. Currently the vehicle does not run. I was saving up for the repairs, until I got my separation notice, which didn't allow me the time or money to focus on the car. I've talked to everybody I know out there that isn't currently deployed and unfortunately nobody is traveling anywhere near Michigan. Arizona is the closest somebody was going. I hope this helps some. Meanwhile I am continuing to search for anything that could help. Until then, I'm afraid the car and my wallet are doomed.



Aug 17, 2012
The Long Haul
by: Ken

Hi George,

I don't really understand. Is your vehicle for the disabled or is it not running? If it is not running, perhaps one of your fellow vets may be moving from California to Michigan and could help you. U-Haul have towing trailers. They have tow dollies for front wheel drives for about $350 or platform trailers for about $700. That is for picking up in California and dropping it off in Michigan. You could also talk to some independent owner/operators that do line hauling. You might be able to find someone on craigslist that may be travelling. If they are going to impound your vehicle, that would be very costly. The average daily cost is $100 per day plus the towing fee which is another $100. You may think about selling it there, "as is." That is all I can think of doing. I hope it gives you some ideas.

Good Luck,

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