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Emotion Disabled USAF Vet Seeks Financial Aid To Move Closer To VA Center

by Dennis Saam
(Oregon, IL, USA)

I have lived the American Dream

I have lived the American Dream

I have lived the American Dream Me with Karis Jon (my Army Vet), Me, and Nathan (my Marine Vet). Karis, daughter Tonya, granddaughter Sydney, Myself, and granddaughter Penny

My name is Dennis Saam, and I currently live in Oregon, IL. I am 57 years old. I grew up in a small town about 12 miles from where I live now.

As I child I wanted to be a truck driver, fireman, mechanic and soldier and I wanted to design things.

I graduated high school and did a stint in the Air Force.

I got an Associates Degree in Agricultural Mechanics. I was a certified master mechanic on heavy-duty trucks.

I have been a firefighter/EMT.

I have driven trucks over the road and have several million miles under my belt.

I own a small company where I design houses and draw blue prints.

I have pursued all of my childhood dreams.

I have three grown children and two grandchildren that I am very proud of. I have been married to my current wife Karis for 6 years.

I was asked once how long I have suffered from mental illness. I have never suffered at all; I have coped with it all my life. It has been a struggle, but I have been very functional.

When I was a child, school was very hard for me. We did not have labels for all the learning disabilities we have now. I was just a BAD boy, and was punished accordingly, or ignored.

I got through school because I had parents that would not allow me to quit.

I went into the Air Force right out of high school to get out of the small town where I grew up. At 11 months and 27 days later I was discharged, because I had an Immature Personality Disorder. What kid at 18 doesn't? I did get an honorable discharge, and I use my benefits.

My emotions have given me a hard time all my life. I've been in mental health facilities and counseling, and on medication most of my adult life.

I have high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, depression and anxiety. I have recently been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.

It is small and not a problem at this time. I have been getting headaches and suffering from confusion, and we are trying to figure that out now.

My financial hardship has to do with not being able to hold down a job for a long period of time.

I have gone from job to job and lived all my life from paycheck to paycheck.

In addition, I have never been diligent about saving. Now that I need a cash influx to move, it is not there.

I am 2-1/2 hours from the VA Medical Center (Hospital) that I use, and 45 minutes from the VA clinic. I need to be closer to a VA Hospital.

Although my parents taught me a strong work ethic, my problem was holding on to jobs. I never had a hard time finding jobs until I became to disabled to do hard work.

I have been on Social Security Disability off and on since 1992. I get a check every month that is for what I paid in over the years.

I was declared 100% non-service-connected disabled in 1995, but made too much on my social security to draw a VA pension. I last worked full time in March of 2011.

I am looking for a grant or donation to help my wife quit her job as an over the road truck driver, and become my primary caregiver.

We are also trying to get a grant to help us move to the Anchorage, Alaska Area, and set up housekeeping there. My wife is originally from there, and I want to move her home in case anything would happen to me. Also we would be within 1/2 hour of the Anchorage VA Medical Center.

Thank you for listening to my story.

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Aug 09, 2012
God bless you!
by: Anonymous

Hello, I read your article. I was very sad. I am also just like you. I also submit my views on ability-mission.org. Thank you!

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