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Disabled OIF Veteran Seeks Relocation Grant To Rebuild Life And Self Esteem

by Dana
(Bakersfield, CA, USA)

I am a 33-year-old disabled OIF Veteran. I'm single, with a dog, and living with my parents.

I served five years as a SEABEE in the NAVY with three deployments and four field exercises under my belt.

Every time I would go to work and the gym my shoulder would be in pain. Every time I would go and see base medical about the shoulder pain they would just give me Motrin and tell me to take it easy for a couple of weeks.

Not until I saw a therapist at the Veterans Outpatient Clinic did I finally get an x-ray, which revealed that surgery was necessary.

I was ready to look for work again after my six months of recovery for the shoulder repair until the arthritis in my back and knees started acting up a bit more than usual.

Because of the arthritis, it is sometimes hard to be on my feet for long periods of time, and leaning over or sitting without a backrest.

I have also been diagnosed with high blood pressure which triggers my migraine headaches. My anxiety acts up when I get worried or I'm around large social events.

I have been on unemployment going a little over a year and currently on an emergency extension. It is tough getting by on the low income that I am currently receiving.

Having to still live at home doesn't help my reputation or self esteem.

I am interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, which may be placed on hold until I know where I stand on the condition of my back.

That may put me in the category of retraining for a new field of work.

Recently I have been looking into the possibility of relocating to North Carolina from California

Currently I am looking for work whether it is part time or full time and in California or North Carolina, through the Career Services Center.

I am looking for a grant to help keep me from getting deeper in debt and to help with cost of relocating until I can get back to work.

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