Disability Grants For MS Disabled Jarrod To Remodel House And Restore Lifestyle
by Jarrod Moore
(Magazine, Arkansas, USA)
My name is Jarrod Moore and I am a 38-year-old male, from Magazine, Arkansas. I am currently living with my wife and stepdaughter in the house that my wife is buying.
I have a son from a previous marriage. I have lived here since August of 2014. I was medically retired from the United States Navy after serving 16 years.
My wife, stepdaughter and I live in a two-bedroom house that was built in the late 1970s, and hasn't had any updates but the air/heat since then.
I go off and see my son as much as I can. He cannot be here because something in the house makes his allergies flare up.
We have a miniature Schnauzer that stays inside, due to eagles carrying off our previous small dogs.Disability Issues
In March of 2012, I woke up on the USS George Washington and could not see anything. When I gained my sight, after about 30 minutes, I was seeing double vision.
I was removed from the ship and put on medical hold. After about seven months, the double vision finally went away.
In June of 2014, after many other odd episodes and such, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was medically retired from the Navy in August of 2014, when I came back home.
When I returned home I was told that I was not able to work anymore. Along with my Multiple Sclerosis, I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Diabetes, Depression, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, post-laminectomy syndrome, chronic lower back pain and several other issues.
After extensive research, I registered on the Airborne Pathogens list for Iraq.
Since I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I have gained 67 pounds. I have no energy to exercise and I also can't physically do any of the exercises I would normally do.
My degenerative disc disease and post-laminectomy syndrome keep me from moving freely. They also make me require a cane for small walks and a scooter for shopping and longer travels.
I have also lost sensation in both hands. Many times I have severely burned my hands and not even noticed it.
Everywhere else, on my body, is super sensitive to pain. When my muscle spasms in my back hit, they are debilitating and I usually end up in the Emergency Room.
I also end up in the Emergency Room when I have Pseudo Exacerbations from being in the sun or any time my body temperature fluctuates too much.
I started receiving SSDI in August of 2014, due to my illnesses. It is believed that these illnesses evolved from my time in Iraq, breathing in all the toxic fumes.
As for the degenerative disk disease and post-laminectomy syndrome, I have had three surgeries and one is scheduled for June 2017. This is believed to be because of all the tactical gear I had to carry, being a convoy driver in Iraq.
The major part of it started when I was involved in an I.E.D., it was a big I.E.D., and it was enough to jar me heavily. This, along with an Automotive Repair Parts Warehouse tire rack falling on me, has caused irrevocable damage to my Lower Lumbar.
And now, the PTSD has gotten so bad that it is hard for me to drive without having flashbacks. I have spent countless hours roadside because something has caused me to go into panic mode. Now I am even afraid to drive to my doctor's appointments. My wife or father drive me when it over 25 or 30 miles.
These things, added up, are what cause the depression. Along with true survivor's guilt, they have all made life hard to bear sometimes.Financial Hardship
My income consists of:
• $1,157 for Disability
• $3,156 for Military Retirement Pay and benefits
With that I pay:
• House payment $350
• House Insurance $200
• Car payments $1,237
• Car Insurance $325
• Electric $280
• Phone $225
• Cable TV/Internet $135
• Debt payoff $600
These are just the primary bills. The water, gas, trash and other bills come out as well. My wife's paycheck covers our gas for the vehicles, groceries and lawn upkeep. The lawn upkeep is because I can't get out in the sun and do anything.
I still have medical bills from the multiple Emergency Room visits. I can manage the bills right now, but am in serious need of help when we do our remodel to our home.Income Efforts
As far as my attempts at obtaining other income, I have tried to work, but failed due to Multiple Sclerosis. I do not know how I am going to feel, from day to day.
I do receive SSDI and Military Medical Retirement, which pay our normal bills. I cannot do work-at-home jobs, for the same reason as I cannot do out-of-home jobs. I don't know how I am going to feel.
I have spent nine days on my couch just trying to get energy to go places and do stuff. Family has been on many whole family outings that I could not attend.Specific Needs
My specific needs include, but are not limited to:
• Grants to help with major remodel of house
• Make house more energy efficient and add a cooling room so that when I get overheated, I can cool down easier
• Make house wheel chair accessible for when the time comes
• Grant to help with an endless swimmer pool, because there are no places to workout with minimal impact, within my safe driving range
• Special Multiple Sclerosis cooling vests and such, so that I can go to my son and step-daughter's games out side
• Scooter so that when we try and go places, I can go with my family
Basically, I'm a 38-year-old male who is trying to be able to enjoy time with my family. Living in Arkansas is hard, with the horrific summers and freezing winters.
I'm trying to remodel our home so that we can enjoy it and I can have my son come and stay with me. I'm hoping that I can work out again and feel like a human.