Disability Grants To Help PTSD Disabled Navy Vet Marland Restore Lifestyle And Dignity
by Marland Rush
(Mattoon, Illinois, USA)
My name is Marland Rush Jr. I am a 45-year-old honorably discharged United States Navy veteran. I am happily married with seven kids and one new grandchild.
I currently live in Mattoon, Illinois. I moved back here to help take care of my 18-year-old stepdaughter who was pregnant with no one to help her.
Presently, I am renting an 8 foot by 10 foot room from my sister in law, where I reside with my wife and 15-year-old stepdaughter.Disability Issues
My disability first began in 1998 after being injured in the line of duty during my active duty service in the Navy.
After I was discharged from the Navy, my knee progressively got worse, to the point that I now have to have arthroscopic surgery to fix two tears in my meniscus, among things that have yet to be determined during the surgery.
In 2015 after having a panic attack during an MRI, I was diagnosed with: chronic PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder and hyper vigilance syndrome. The combination of these disabilities rendered me totally unable to work.
I have been given a 20% service connected rating for residual scar tissue, from surgery that I had in 1993 to remove a cyst.
I make $517 monthly in VA disability benefits as my only source of income. This leaves me eligible for some food stamps and Medicaid but not much else.
My monthly bills are as follows:
Truck insurance $25
Total monthly bills = $650 which leaves me with $0 for my medicines, truck repairs, clothing and gas for my vehicle.
Speaking of my truck, it is a 2002 Ford Explorer, which takes $60 to fill up with today's gas prices. Most of the time I can only put $15-$20 in the tank, which is not enough to get me to my VA hospital appointments I may have.
My Explorer has numerous mechanical issues, such as a bad cylinder, it burns a lot of oil, the transmission slips and the wheel bearings are going out.
In a nutshell, I need a better Truck/van/SUV. I am unable to get out of smaller cars because my knee gives out on me.Income Efforts
With the combination of my disabilities, I am unable to work, because my attention to detail is not what it used to be and my high anxiety level makes it impossible to work around others.
I have applied for both SSDI and additional VA compensation. I have also wanted to try work from home jobs, but I cannot afford a lap top computer or internet access, so those types of jobs are not feasible.
As of this date, I have applied for assistance with as many local charities as I could find, but funding is scarce.Specific Needs
- a different truck, SUV or Van that gets better gas mileage and is more reliable
- a house of my own, that I can make a better, more stable life in
- a laptop computer with Internet access, so that I may try to work from home
I am seeking enough help so that I may make a better life for myself and can afford the everyday essentials. I am seeking enough monetary help to get all my bills caught up and keep them caught up.
So, in a nutshell: a better vehicle, house of my own (handicap accessible), enough monetary help to pay some bills and keep up with them.
I am just a 45-year-old Navy Veteran, who is tired of living day to day, full of anxiety because I need help and there doesn't seem to be any around me.
I am not asking for a handout, I am asking for a hand-up! I have worked hard all my life, until my disabilities prevented me from doing so.
I am asking for help so that I can get my sense of pride and dignity back and feel like a man again. My independence means everything to me and I just want it back!