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Grant To Help Accident Disabled Marine Navy Vet With Concession Stand

by Eric Kidder
(Machias, Maine, USA)

I'm a 56-year-old male former Marine/Navy veteran trying to get a business off the ground.

My lovely wife got laid off her Ed Tech job last summer after a 15-year career.

I've had two years of college, cooking and after 20 years, automotive. Due to growing up dirt poor, I'm mostly a jack-of-all-trades

Disability Issues

Originally I sustained a back injury in a car accident in the early 1990s. Then in 1998 I had a heart attack. This led to a quintuple bypass operation in 2002.

Since then, I've lost all my heart arteries except one, and it is 45% blocked. Back in 2010, heart doctors said I was terminal but I refused to believe that.

I was diagnosed last year with possible lung cancer. It cannot be totally confirmed without an operation, which the doctors don't want to do because of my heart. So my official status is terminal.

Financial Hardship

We live on my SSI, which is less than $1000 a month. I have bad credit because of not being able to pay bills.

All I can do at this time is to try to keep the basic bills up to date. With a $200-a-month electric bill from use of oxygen it not easy.

Income Efforts

I get SSI of less than $1000 a month.

Having full-grown children we can't get much state help.

We did get $166 from the HEAP program to buy pellets for heating our home, but that's it.

We get no food stamps or anything of that nature

I still have my pride as much as it is and I intend on keeping it as long as I'm alive

Specific Needs

I need a grant or small loan to insulate my concession stand and upgrade it to a propane grill and Fryolator. I also need a bigger generator since there is no electric where I try and sell food.

The State of Mane is very strict on licenses. It costs me $175 a year. In addition I had to pay $180 to take a safe serve course.

I'd like to be able to run during the winter months, which I can't at this point.

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