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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.

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May 13, 2015
by: SheilaKay Paris

Hi Isaiah,

It's been a while since there's been any activity here (2012) so I was wondering how you were managing. Did you get any help with your VA benefits?

I know how hard it is to manage those high blood sugars. I'm diabetic also and have had readings in the 600's. No fun. So I hope you are able to get your insulin.

Did you follow up on the great suggestions by Ken? I also have a link for you to check out. It's totally free to join and will give you lots of great solutions for what you need:

Disability Digest

Go to the bottom of the above link to sign up for great resources.

Many blessings


Feb 04, 2012
Cut off in Cusseta
by: Ken

Hello Isaiah,

Life's getting you down; that is the pits. I found a specialty lawyer close to you. You will need one for sure. They only do disability. Here is their address:


You may find some help for your meds here:


Good Luck,

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