Life Repair after Disabled Vet Care
Richard unexpectedly passed away in October of 2015 and left me in a frightening state of affairs. Prior to providing his care, I had also been the primary caregiver to my Father, and on medical leave of absence for my Mother, before they had passed away; but nothing could have prepared me for what was to come with dealing with my brother. For the bulk of the 10 years he was with me his disability check paid for drugs and alcohol - and each of those 10 years he had promised to fund my getting dentures (critical), prescription glasses (almost critical), routine, and other Jeep repairs and upkeep, AND create a bumper-fund so that when he finally did pass away, I wouldn't be exatly where I am now....
I hit the work force at 14 years old, back in the day when your father, with a wink and a nudge, could get you a work permit early and I have been gainfully employed since that time - until the beginning of June, 2016. As I write, after having lost my home and everything I own (including most of my clothes), I found myself homeless. A special act of grace from a former employee of mine now has me living with a roof over my head, and my upkeep has been provided by him. Where I would be without this help, I cannot and will not imagine.
I need money to remove my 14 remaining teeth and get full dentures as soon as possible. Without insurance, I do not know how much this will cost; as it is, I had pulled most of my missing teeth myself while Richard was with me. Even with insurance there was never enough money for this. I truly am in constant pain and there is no doubt in my mind that my personal appearance is a tremendous hinderance in finding gainful employment. I have even applied to clean cages at the local animal shelter - to no avail.
I am also in dire need of glasses. The "readers" I use now are grossly inadequate and seem to be making things much worse. My Jeep is in similar shape: gas tank, transmission, frame, brakes, etc....all need immediate attention.
It is my goal to repair my life, put a roof over my head, and start completely fresh - preferrably 800+ miles away where the woman I've loved for 25+ years currently resides. As I am currently unemployed (after 10 years at the store where I worked, I accidentally sold alcohol to an undergae - and was promptly terminated - this means "no unemployment").
Because this is such a tall order - to undo all of the vast damage done by my 10 years of service and that I am certain that taxes will decimate any funding I get, I chose a number that seems fairly high for a goal, but in reality, just might barely cut it. I cannot get back all the years I've spent trying to keep my brother comfortable, but I can and will start my life afresh.
To date, I have been turned away from every single form of state/federal aid on the books - with the exception of food stamps.... and these I put to use trying to help here in the home of my former employee. I am running on empty now and the degree of gratitude I'd feel fom my fellow citizens would be amazing. Clearly, as said to me by a case worker, "I, and many others like me, have fallen through a crack". It is to my detriment that I did not bring children into the world - for if I had, all of the many programs available might open some doors for me.
Thank you so much for reading this. Such as it is, I myself am somewhat of an American Relic. I am the direct descendant of Job Burnham, of the Old Burnham Tavern, in Machias, Maine (my father was born just a short distance away) - where the revolutionary war actually originated... It briefly crossed my mind to try getting myself declared to be some kind of an Historic Artifact, but I suspect that the humor would be lost on the clerks in that particular office. Again, thank you !!!
Very sincerely and in great hope,
Posted by Michael Burnham
First, I want to again thanks everyone who has helped me out; you cannot believe the difference it has made - and yes, there has been some changes :-).
Not much has gone according to plan. The Jeep repairs I wanted to make got cancelled in favor of having some welding done to the frame (I didn't even see this one coming). No change on my dental situation.... AND I discovered (after the fact) that a few of the places I tried to find work didn't hire me just because I didn't have an actual phone number to use. The idea of "email contact" put them off. The laptop I was using got very ill and I was offline for what I thought was going to be permanently.
Now, while none of that is good news, a couple of very good things did in fact come to pass.
*The Jeep's frame is fixed.... costly as all get out, but now I know it won't be leaving me high and dry anytime soon.
*The laptop is again back in working order.
*...and I finally broke down and got a cell phone - this is the first time I've had a phone number in months. This also resulted in my FINALLY getting back to work. Granted, it is a low paying 3rd shift job, but it is close to home, and it is a growing company (all I have to do is get them to love me and maybe good things will happen).
Anyway, now that I'm officially back online, I wanted to keep everyone up to date and say "Thanks Again !!!"
Posted by Michael Burnham
Posted by Michael Burnham
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Ruckus (my nickname for years for you) anyway I just sent a comment onto my page in responce to your post and this horrible situation -- just read the whole story which i knew much of - I too am slowly get bad eyes , and need a few teeth fixed which all can be done on my medicaid/medcaire so I have two pair of glasses and hold onto them a liferaft , also will be getting a bridge for my teeth soon -lost is a car wreck . Is there NO Social Security there ??????? granted you are Only 58 ;-) I get full free medical coverage , a medicaid Transport (a cab service) takes me to all my DR appts. 8 a month and I am on a tight budget from my SSD ..I got housed into a wonderful complex as disabled within Months of having to sell the HOME I grew up in 3 days after it was sold, Catholic Charities housed me in this lovely L-shaped studio apt. no heat payments, no electric payments and the rent is only 1/ 4th of my SSD.....point being there is HELP out there ... Again STAY STRONG , all the best Rick
Victoria... it was my brother who served in the army. I provided his home care for those 10 years. Sorry for the confusion. I have already been through the appeals process for unemployment...selling to an underage is considered "negligence" in the eyes of the law. No unemployment for me even though I've never been unemployed before in my life.
Im confused....you say you put in 10 years of service? Was it he or you who served our country? If it was you, i would be happy to direct you to some resources! Also, unemployment still covers you unless it can be proven that you were terminated due to your own negligence. Try appealing! Best of luck (although you may want to start out by asking for less than most peoples own savings accounts ;-)