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Disability Grants To Help PTSD And Bipolar Disabled Samuel Build New Normal Life

by Samuel Acker
(Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA)

PTSD And Bipolar Disabled Samuel Seeks Disability Grants To Build New Normal Life
PTSD And Bipolar Disabled Samuel Seeks Disability Grants To Build New Normal Life
I'm a 35-year-old male from Alabama. I now live in Cheyenne, Wyoming with my friend who has one dog and three fish.

I love volunteering to help kids in tough home life situations. I'm seeking a degree in social work specializing in addiction.

I am who I say I am, but my identity has been stolen.

Disability Issues

I came from a broken home. After my parents divorced, two family members started sexually abusing me.

The PTSD started after many nights of incestuous sexual abuse. The fear of recurrence controlled my mind.

The symptoms of Bipolar disorder surfaced as the adult years approached. I have never really felt like a normal adult because of the constant ups and downs of life. Living in a constant state of flashbacks from abuse prevented me from holding a stable job.

Addiction was a big part of my life because of lack of health care to deal with my issues. I used street drugs to self medicate. I am now more than two and a half years sober.

I was admitted to a state mental facility for one year where I mastered the 12 steps to sobriety and learn coping skills to help maintain my mental health out in society.

I was granted SSI upon release. I do not qualify for SSDI or Medicare because I did not contribute in the requested amount of quarters with the Social Security Administration.

Financial Hardship

I am a low-income supplemental security income recipient and I receive $735 a month.

My identity has been stolen and reported, causing a huge mess with my qualifications with benefits at the social security administration.

My bills are as follows:

Rent/ Utilities $300
Out of state Doctor and Rxs $154
Phone for Doctors apps $50
Gas to get to appointments $50*-
Food (not covered by donations or food stamps $50-100
Household Supplies $3
Internet Access $40
Activities of daily living supplies $4
Money Left Over for Leisure and Occupational Therapy $66

I am currently waiting on the federal housing list.

I have Wyoming Medicaid but have one great doctor in Colorado and I am having to use part of my income from SSI to see him, and because I do not qualify for Medicare I will have to continue to pay $154 a month for my medicine and doctor visits in Colorado.

I receive $23 a month in food stamps. Thankfully we have several food banks in town that I visit weekly and monthly to supplement my food needs.

We have few options for psychological therapy with Medicaid so I have to try and use my coping skills until I can go out of state to get a therapist where I am not on a waiting list. The money only goes so far, so I buy only the necessities at the first of the month and make sacrifices for some basic needs.

Financially I am ruined, I have $500,000 + on my credit report because of constant physical and mental health doctor and hospital visits from years of having no insurance.

Income Efforts

I have made short-term goals as well as long-term goals.

I cannot continue to survive on my current income.

My plan to obtain a better life is to start college in January at Laramie County Community College. I am going to study to be a social worker that specializes in addiction.

I want to use my life experiences and kind heart to help kids who are in similar situations that I struggled through.

My ultimate goal through schooling is to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant after I get my degree in social work. I will work as a social worker while going to school to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

I am working with the Department of Vocational Rehab to guide me through the processes of college admitting, and career success.

Specific Needs

I need help with grants for school.

I am focused on the end goal, and the daily financial struggle sometimes gets me worried that I wont be able to afford all the supplies I will need to plan for success. With grants for school and school supplies I will be able to make sure I can buy a computer, pay for Internet every month, and all of the books I may need for my courses.

I also need help with a mental health counselor.

I want to be able to succeed with this college education. I have zero resources to apply to my school needs because I am barely able to afford the basic human needs just to survive.

I want to pay off a ticket in Georgia so I can get my license back.

I want to get a car and insurance.

I want to be a successful adult with my own home, my bills in my name, and be happy.

I want to file for bankruptcy so I can start a new life.

I want to clear up an issue where my identity has been stolen. I need legal help with that.

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Apr 13, 2018
Your story reminded me of me. I am bipolar also & so on.
by: Your Real Name

Dear Samuel I truly hope you get your grant to help you progress in your life and with your goals. I too was an addict, and I'm bipolar, and also a diabetic. I am 45 years old. I was diagnosed with being bipolar about 21 years ago. Sometimes things feel better but there are days when I don't feel like I can make it through the day. Good luck to you. Sincerly,
Angela H.

Dec 20, 2017
The Workbook is next
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hello Sam,

Congrats on getting your story published! In doing so, you've acquired valuable hands-on experience in responding to precise instructions, the very kind that you will encounter when applying for help of any kind.

You've now earned the right to access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Don Coggan

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