Life Repair after Disabled Vet Care

$1,360 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 6 months
Michael Burnham  PISGAH FOREST, NC

Below is my original campaign, and even though I didn't even come close to hitting my mark, the kind souls who donated helped put me on a much more successful path.
I'm working now (since the end of September 2016 - 3rd shift in a local factory), the Jeep is in much better shape, and if I can raise just  $440.00 more, I can get upper dentures on the 24th of this month. My income tax will cover the dentures themselves, but I need my four remaining upper teeth removed first (that's the $440.00....
@ $110.00 per extraction).  Oh. I need lowers alright, but the uppers will enable me to eat normally again And do wonders for my appearance and "marketability".  I may be able to yank a couple of them myself if I can get close enough.
So....  I'm back, and hoping for the best.
All my thanks to those who got me this far.  It wasn't long ago that I was down to rock bottom.  Again, all of you, thanks so much !!!

My name is Michael Philip Burnham, and I am 59 years old.  Since August of 2005 I have been the primary care giver for my military disabled brother Richard.  In order to do this, I had to resign my typically administrative job(s) and take something less grueling: a convenience store clerk to be precise.
   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 . .  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,
Michael Burnham

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Update 8
Posted by Michael Burnham
9 days ago
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Just to let everyone know, I have lowered my original goal amount to a much more reasonable level. At this point, all I'm really hoping to accomplish is getting some upper dentures. I have also changed the category of campaign to reflect this.
I know it is a tall order, but I have an appointment at "Affordable Dentures" in Asheville this coming friday, Feb. 24th. I am trying to do this so that my tax return doesn't get sucked into some other "crisis" before it can be used for This cause.
As always, to those who have helped me to get this far, Thanks SO Much. I am so much better off now than I was when I first started this campaign, I cannot believe it..... and I am SO close to getting upper teeth !
I know how tight money is, and many of you gave till it hurt.... so, if possible, just hitting "Share" on facebook will make a huge difference and help get the word out !
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Update 7
Posted by Michael Burnham
4 months ago
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Sorry to have been so behind in getting out an update... I really didn't just drop off of the face of the earth.
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 !!!"
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Update 6
Posted by Michael Burnham
5 months ago
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IF (and that's a Big "IF"), I can get the local dental clinic to pull my 4 upper teeth, then I'll be looking at upper dentures at Lot sooner :-). Another $300-350 will do the trick. This is the closest I've been to getting dental help in many, many years. Thanks Everyone !
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Update 5
Posted by Michael Burnham
5 months ago
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One thing is for sure; I've been put back in touch with so many people I'd lost track of during the past few insanely busy years. I absolutely cannot let that happen again !
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Michael Burnham
5 months ago

I'd like to ask the page viewers, to "SHARE" this on Facebook. Ever if you cannot donate, "sharing" will help get the word out... I might be wrong, but I don't think a "LIKE" will do that...so, if you can, please hit the "SHARE" button. And again, as always, THANKS EVERYONE !!!!

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Rickster Butch Dalvano
5 months ago

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

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$1,360 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 6 months
Created August 30, 2016
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Anonymous
12 days ago
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Debora Demaree
5 months ago
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EG
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Esther Galloway
5 months ago

Best wishes Michael. I hope this helps:)

DH
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Dave & Samm Holtom
5 months ago
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Hi Micheal. Samm and I rememember you from our "Till Dawn" days. Wishing you well for the future.

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Anonymous
5 months ago
BH
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Barry Hynes
5 months ago

Good luck Mike!

DH
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Dan Harbord
5 months ago
TA
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Tim Allen
5 months ago
HM
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Hopey Merithew
5 months ago

My check hadn't cleared yet when I went to pick up a few things at the store today. I went out to grab cash and when I got back inside I learned that the woman behind me had paid for my items. I'm paying her kindness forward

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Anonymous
5 months ago
Michael Burnham
5 months ago

I'd like to ask the page viewers, to "SHARE" this on Facebook. Ever if you cannot donate, "sharing" will help get the word out... I might be wrong, but I don't think a "LIKE" will do that...so, if you can, please hit the "SHARE" button. And again, as always, THANKS EVERYONE !!!!

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Rickster Butch Dalvano
5 months ago

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

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