Disability Grants To Help Accident Disabled Army Vet Restore American Dream
by Ryan Hinkle
(Boonsboro, Maryland, USA)
My name is Ryan Alan Hinkle. I'm 29. I have a lovely family that means the world to me.
I just lost my grandmother, a woman that practically raised me from birth.
I have a five-year-old daughter and a loving wife that mean everything to me.
I joined the Army during wartime to help serve my country as an infantryman, in a way pursuing a childhood dream.
Now, because of the circumstances I find myself in, all that may be lost, along with living a normal family life.
Our bills are piling up and I don't know what to do. We need help soon. I just want to give my family back some sort of normalcy and live the American dream.
I don't want to have to worry about being put out on the streets. Most importantly, I want to give my wife and little girl a place to call their own since they have stuck by me through this.
I want my family to be proud of me again the way they were when I put on my uniform.
I'm just so lost and in a lot of pain. I hate feeling this helpless but I don't know what to do.
On August 28, 2012 on my reserve status I was injured at my job when some steel beams fell on me causing a severe crush injury to my left leg.
It left me with severe nerve damage below my knee. The pain is unbearable at times. Even doing the most mundane things causes extreme pain.
I have seen two doctors. The first was right after the incident. Then they sent me to their second doctor for long-term care.
Now I'm being told my leg may never get better.
I take two different pills for extreme nerve pain. I have to wear compression socks and walking boots and I'm still in pain.
I have a family to take care of with only $343 a week to do it. My bills are behind and my pain is getting worse and with hardly any money we are falling behind and need help now.
I'm behind on rent, electric, phone, credit cards, cable and can't afford the gas to heat our apartment in Maryland.
We had dreams of owning our own place one day, but that dream seems so far away now, as does relief from the stress of pain.
Being the only one in my family with a driver's license also puts more of a strain on us. We have no easy transport. Every day things are harder and harder.
Right now I can't work because of the injury last August.
I probably won't be able to do the job I was trained for by the military and my civilian job as a welder, which I've done and trained for most of my adult life.
We need any help we can get and usually I don't like getting sympathy but I know it would help.
We need a grant to help us survive and gain some sense of a normal life, but mainly so we can have a place of our own.
I've thought about it, but I don't know of anything that can help my family and give us a new sense of pride and independence.
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