Disability Grant Money To Get Housing For Heart Failure Disabled Marine
by Paul McNemar
(Lake Charles, LA, USA)
I am a 46-year-old father of eight children. I spent six years in the Marine Corps as a military policeman serving in Desert Storm.
I have worked the past 13 years as an aircraft mechanic / supervisor. My wife left me five years ago and I have custody of six of my children.
After my wife left in 2007 I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, which the doctors treated with medicine.
In March 2012 I was hospitalized for a week for congestive heart failure. After an echocardiogram, the doctor put me on different medications to try to bring up my ejection faction from 13 percent.
After three months my ejection faction had not changed. The doctor told me not to go to work and implanted a pacemaker defibrillator. After three more months my ejection factor only went up three percent.
I am now on full disability and receive social security but I am sill unable to work or walk any distance over a half-mile without losing my breath like I just ran a marathon.
When the doctors pulled me out of work in June, I had very little savings and I had no long-term disability insurance from work.
After a month of not having any income, I had to sell my only vehicle to pay rent and keep the lights on, not to mention feed my children.
After the twelve weeks of leave of absence ran out, I was terminated from my employment losing all my insurance.
It was hard paying school fees, getting supplies and buying school clothes for the four children that are in school now.
We have to walk everywhere including the grocery store, which is very difficult for me with my condition. I get out of breath real easy and have to stop a lot to rest.
I called all the churches in the area that had food banks and got a little food but most of them were empty.
I also applied for emergency food stamps but it took over a month before I received them.
If it wasn't for the people I worked with taking donations at work and giving me food my children would have starved.
I also applied for SSDI in July but did not get approved until November and did not receive benefits till December.
I am looking for a grant that will help me to buy a house for my children in the same school district that we are in now.
I have two boys in high school that are doing great since they moved in with me. One is in all gifted classes and I would love for him to be able to stay in his school.