Accident Disabled Truck Driver Seeks Housing Grant To Move Devastated Family
by Dawn Raszka
(Edison, NJ, USA)
I'm writing about my husband Joseph. We have been together for 25 years and have two beautiful, happy, healthy children.
Joseph was an owner-operator who drove his own truck for the past 25 years until one day in July 2004 that all came to an end.
He went from making $110,000-$125,000 a year to now making $650 a week.
He was involved in a motor vehicle accident in his work truck, which led to our downfall. Due to that accident he endured several back surgeries, and neck surgery and from all the stress and depression a pacemaker. And he is only 48 years old.
We went through hell with the workers compensation system. We were in and out of court for years. Sometimes they would stop payments for months at a time.
This affected our whole family, especially the children, who were accustomed to living a certain lifestyle and ended up with basically nothing.
We were forced to go on welfare and food stamps. My oldest turned to drugs to comfort her painI. It was just a total mess.
We lost our home and vehicles and were forced to move in with my mother.
We finally went to court in April of 2009 and he was awarded 100% disability but the amount is only $650 a week for the rest of his life.
He is unable to ever drive a truck again, which was the only occupation he ever did for the last 30 years.
He cannot sit or stand for more than 20 minutes at a time and is on an obscene amount of pain narcotics for his daily, unbearable pain.
He is depressed because he feels as if he has let his family down. He is seeing a psychiatrist to help with his depression.
We're still nowhere near the lifestyle we were living. With the cold weather here and the cardiologist's recommendation, we are looking to move to a warmer climate, preferably Florida.
We are wondering if there are any grants or loans that could help us with housing, food, and health benefits.
When the state found out he was awarded that money, which is only $2600 a month they took away our food stamps and now we have to pay for our health care.
In New Jersey where we are now there is no way we could survive if forced to go out and live on our own.
The housing list is ridiculous. It takes years before they find you a place. Otherwise rent here is anywhere from $1800-$2000 a month which would only leave us $600 for food, insurance utilities.
If there are any grants or loans my husband and our family are entitled to, please let us know. Any help would be greatly appreciated at this time. Sincerely, The Raszka Family.
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