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Disabled Vietnam Veteran Seeks Accessible Minivan Grant

by Peggy Jefcoat
(Largo, FL, USA)

I am a Vietnam era Veteran who is disabled. I have been on Social Security Disability since 1991.

This is the result of the sexual trauma I experienced while in the service, causing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety.

I applied for compensation for the trauma and was denied. When I tried to reapply I experienced more trauma in trying to write the details of my experience and gave up.

I was unaware that I was eligible for medical care at the VA. It was not until 1996 that I was told about the medical care given by the VA, which I promptly accessed.

In 2007 I was rated 20% service connected, for a hearing impairment due to my time in service and I now wear hearing aids in both ears.

I commuted back and forth to the VA Hospital in my own vehicle. In August 2008 I had surgery at the local VA Hospital for compression fractures in my back.

The surgery went fine, but as I was recovering it turned out that there was a piece of bone that had come loose and was pressing up against my spinal column, causing extreme pain.

I was given a body cast to wear, which I did. As a result of wearing the body cast, my right hip and leg have suffered nerve damage apparently and hurt constantly.

Walking aggravates the pain and I now use a cane, due to taking falls as I am walking.

In March of 2009, my vehicle quit on me, and my only option for transportation was the local city bus. I do not have the money to buy a new or used car.

My sole income is the Disability pay I receive. I have contacted a myriad of organizations that help veterans and their representatives unanimously tell me there is no organization to help a disabled veteran obtain a vehicle.

If there is any way that I can have some help in acquiring a new or used vehicle, preferably a van, I would be most grateful.

Right now, it takes me an hour and a half to get to the VA Hospital and I have to transfer between two busses, with a lengthy walk between the stops.

I am basically cut off from my church, my support group, and classes I was attending by having no car.

I prefer a van because it puts me up in a higher position to better see around me. I have never had a ticket and appreciate the help I've had in being able to see/hear.

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May 14, 2010
Minivan Grant
by: Katina from Accessible.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Accessible.org.

With the publication of your story, you are now well on your way to:

1. Getting your story known to a wide audience that could help you.

2. Getting your story polished up and presentable so you can submit it elsewhere, including the White House.

As a disabled person myself, I can sympathize with your situation and I definitely understand your need for help.

I've done a bit of research and found these resources for you:

State Veterans Affairs Offices

Rebuild Hope

Others reading your story may be able to contribute more.

In any case, please let us know if they've been helpful to you.

Katina from Accessible.org

Good luck!

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