Disability Grants For 100 Percent Disabled Vietnam Era Army Vet To Pay Off Van
by Larry Lease
(Kittitas, Washington, USA)
I am 64 years old, male and have been married for 37 years now. I have three boys ages 37, 33 and 32.
My oldest lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. My second lives with us. My youngest lives in Wisconsin. I was in the Army for almost 10 years.
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I got hurt in Vietnam in October of 1968. I lived on a barracks ship on the Mekong River. I was stationed with the 2nd brigade 9th Infantry Division, better known as the River Rats.
I was the Brigade Courier there. I carried classified documents to the people that needed them on different ships. I got hurt when I was on my way back to the communications center with the bags of information, mail and newspapers.
I had just got the bags of through the door when the Navy sounded general quarters so to clear the stairwell I grabbed both bags and jumped backwards down the stairwell.
I hit the fire hydrant at the bottom of the stairwell with both bags on top of me. I managed to clear the stairs so the Navy personnel could get to their guns.
I had some trouble walking at this time. I did not turn it in until I got to my new assignment, as I was having a lot of trouble walking then.
The VA gave me 100% Disability in 2002 for this injury, and put me in a wheelchair. I had four heart attacks in 2001 and hit the same spot that I got injured.
I could not walk at all so they gave me a wheelchair at this time. I have 100% on PTSD, and 100% on my heart condition. I also have 100% for Agent Orange.Financial Hardship
I pay rent $1195, utilities $400 to $500 a month sometimes less, van payment $859.63, food whatever we can afford $100 to $150 a month if we're lucky. Other bills include gas for the van, doctor bills and medication for the wife.
Transportation to the VA Hospital for doctor appointments is $120 to $600 for one to five trips a month sometimes more. I have to miss some of my appointments because I don't have any money for gas to make the appointment.Income Efforts
People would not hire me because I had been to Vietnam. They told me that they did not want a baby killer working for them. The School Districts would not hire me because they said that because I had been to Vietnam that I might kill a child.
All I could get was part-time work because as soon as they found out I had been to Vietnam they would fire me. But they would tell the employment office that I was over-qualified or under-qualified for the position.Specific Needs
I seek a grant to pay off my disability van. I think we can make it then. I think the amount left owing on the van is around $33,000. The payments are $859.63 a month at an interest rate of 16.9%. The payments are so high because it is financed on a Lease to Own.