Diabetes Disabled Navy Veteran Needs Help Upgrading Discharge For Benefits
by Isaiah Jones
(Cusseta, AL, USA)
I am 25-year-old single male with one four-year-old daughter. I come from a family of 13 brothers and sisters.
I joined the U.S. Navy when I was 18. I began to struggle in it from boot camp when my family was in debt and I had to send money back home most of the time.
While I was in the military, I experienced the onset of Type 1 Diabetes. Following that, I was kicked out the military with an Other-Than-Honorable Discharge due to my indiscretions.
Now I'm unable to get any VA benefits to buy the medicine that I need. I'm struggling right now to obtain any medicine for my condition.
I feel like I'm dying and I can't sustain my weight. I have no energy to perform simple tasks.
I was 20 years old and in the Navy when I was hospitalized with a 380 blood sugar count for two days.
The simple tasks around the house give me the hardest problems. It's hard for me to find a job that I can perform without difficulty.
I go off and on my medication months at time, which is not healthy for me at all. Right now, I do not have it.
I have no income to get my medicine. I have no car to go and retrieve my meds even if I wanted or needed to.
I've run out the equipment needed to take my insulin and to regulate my blood sugars.
I have applied for numerous jobs for which I have received no callbacks. I've applied for part-time and full-time employment, but no one seems to be interested in hiring.
I even applied for employment at McDonald's and then I was denied again. I know nothing of what I can do with SSI or SSDI.
What I'm looking for is some benefits through the VA or some help with retrieving an upgrade-in-discharge through the Navy.
I would also like to receive a grant if I'm eligible. I would really like as much help with this I can get.
I am not looking for pity; I am looking for help so please help me. I'm struggling beyond belief and it's really wearing me down.