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Army Vet Travis With Multiple Disabilities Seeks Disability Grant And SSDI Help

by Travis Rock
(Newport News, VA, USA)

My name is Travis Rock. I am a 28-year-old male combat veteran who served seven and a half years in the Army in Iraq.

I have two children, a four-year-old and an eight-month-old, both girls. I have been married for five years but am on the brink of losing my marriage.

Travis and the Girls
Travis and the Girls

Disability Issues

My disability issues started in the middle of my deployment to Iraq in 2011.

Upon my return to the United States, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, bi-lateral hearing loss, tinnitus and chronic migraine headaches.

I also suffer from severe memory and cognitive issues. Over the last three years, each one of my disabilities has become more severe.

I have also been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease in my back, and I suffer from depression.

My official disability status at the time of this writing is 40% disabled per Veterans Affairs.

Financial Hardship

Finances have become a major problem. I was working but due to being admitted to a psych ward and an inpatient treatment facility, am no longer able to do so.

The only source of income I have is my Veterans Affairs disability, which only covers about half of my mortgage, leaving zero dollars for utilities, food or other expenses.

I do not have finances needed for vehicle maintenance or fuel.

I have been prescribed multiple medications, all of which are paid for by the Veteran Affairs.

Income Efforts

I cannot hold a conventional job due to my disabilities.

I receive Veteran Affairs disability, as well as a short-term disability from the company that I was previously employed with.

I have not applied for SS benefits yet, but plan on doing so hopefully with some help.

I have never applied for a grant due to lack of knowledge but am hopeful to do so.

Specific Needs

I am seeking help in finding and obtaining any benefits that I can, including a therapy service dog, grants, SSI/SSDI, and any other way I might be able to bring income into my household that is condition friendly to my disabilities.

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Nov 27, 2015
Proud of a Vet
by: SheilaKay

Hi Travis,

First of all, thank you for your service to America to keep my freedoms. And I'm so sorry you are suffering due to your service and not getting what you deserve in benefits.

I couldn't see your photo very well. It could be because I am nearly blind and have my screen set incorrectly which could be distorting how your picture comes across. Eventually I got it to work, though, so it's all good.

I'd like to draw attention to your plight through social media, so as long as others can see your photo then that's fine. I'm disabled myself, even with PTSD, so I know a little of what you are going through, but it has to be minor and insignificant compared to the reasons you have it. I'm also sorry you are on the brink of divorce. These sorts of problems can be devastating to a marriage.

Don also recommends his clients also check out another website, free to the applicant also:

Disability Digest

There you will find additional resources and help with benefits for all sorts of government programs you could use.

Take care, I hope you'll be more well-set later, and dig into the Workbook when you feel better.

Let us know how you are doing, ok?

Warm wishes!


Nov 27, 2015
Thanks Don.
by: Travis

Wanted to take the time to say thank you to you and your organization. I will update any success or progress I make for other readers to follow.

Nov 26, 2015
Next step... the Workbook
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hey Travis,

Now that your story is published, you have access to the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story to get the help you need.

Don Coggan

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