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Wife Of Disabled Secret Service Veteran Seeks Government Grant To Save Home And Car

by Belinda Margison
(Rossville, Georgia, USA)

My Husband Michael has always worked in law enforcement. His last job was with the Secret Service. He mostly was protecting the Vice President and foreign dignitaries.

He came home one night and tried to break up a domestic squabble when he was shot in the head. He was only 29 at the time.

Because he had always worked in law enforcement, he contributed into their pension plan and had paid very little into social security. In short, he only draws $727 per month after insurance deductions.

He contracted Hepatitis C from transfusions from the gunshot wound. He has also developed diabetes. He is now at the point that he has to go on Interferon.

This medication will make him very sick on top of all the other illnesses. He cannot take the combination of the drugs because he has kidney failure, so he will have about a 15% chance of it curing him. Like the Doctor said, "It is better than no chance."

I have been the main breadwinner. I do this gladly, but I have been experiencing some very serious problems in the last seven months. I have been shaking, and sometimes it gets so severe I have to stay in bed or use a wheelchair.

I also have loss of muscle control and at night I have severe muscle spasms, for which I have to take muscle relaxers. The worst part is that I have short-term and long-term memory loss along with loss of cognitive reasoning.

Apparently there are a lot of illnesses that can cause this, so I do not have a diagnosis at this time. I have filed for disability; however, I am sure it will be hard to get benefits without a proper diagnosis.

My granddaughter has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and Bipolar Disorder with Psychosis. I have had custody of her for many years. She was also traumatized as a child.

We are about to lose our house and our only car. We have gone through a business loss for which we had to file bankruptcy for the first time in our lives.

We have had to fight tooth and nail to get the mortgage company to work with us. We've had a flood, three car wrecks due to my neurological problems that would go back and forth. I've had my license suspended until the Doctor gives me a clearance.

We need badly to receive a grant to keep our home and to keep our car, because my husband does not adapt well to changes in his environment because of his brain injury.

My granddaughter does not either, because children with her problems also do not adapt well to changes. They also need allot of structure.

As for me, I feel helpless because by the grace of God I have always taken care of everything. It is very hard when you have been the person that takes care of everything and you can't even take care of yourself.

We have gotten food stamps and my husband got a small pension from the VA, so our entire income is $1209.

We are seeking a total of $138,500 to pay off our house and our car. This will reduce the stress and the worry of losing our house and only car.

You might say, "Everyone would like that!" This is true, but not every one is losing their brain function either.

By the way, my husband has had the single amount of $727 or less for 28 years. He did not get shot on the job.

It is like a lawyer said once, "Looks like you just fell through the cracks buddy." There should be some way to take care of men like this that put their lives on the line every day for private citizens as well as for the President and Vice president and other dignitaries at the White house.

I have tried every way I can to get more help. I can no longer keep searching because of my brain function.

I do hope that someone will find it in their heart to help us if they can. If not, I know that God will provide and lead us in the right direction. Sincerely, Michael and Belinda Margison.

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May 06, 2010
Government Grants
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:


Vetrans Benefits Clearinghouse, Inc.
Inspector General
Corporation for National Serivce
1201 New York Avenue, N.W.
Suite 8100
Washington, DC 20525

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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