Help Disabled Vet & Lizette 6 & Francis 7 years

Disabled veteran that has, and continues, been raising a six and seven-year-old with ADHD alone and if that is not difficult on itself, he is 60 years old and is in a wheelchair.

I apologize in advance, but it will take a lot of words to render this account accurately. My brother, L. Alex Gilmore is a disabled veteran from the years prior to the Gulf Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan. The VA provided him a manual and powered wheelchair almost 3 years ago because his spinal cord injury had progressed to the point that walking with forearm crutches for more than 20’ became impossible. The VA provided a lift to place the power and manual wheelchairs into the bed of a 2014 Nissan Frontier. He is also raising his great grandchildren Lizette and Francis ages 6 and 7, respectively. His girls, as he calls them, have ADHD quite severely and are a handful especially since he is raising them alone. They first came to him and his wife from CPS as familial foster children and by himself for the last 2 years. Three months after the home was certified as a familial foster home its certification was withdrawn in 2017 but they continued to live with him without financial support from anywhere except his disability payments each month. His girls require transportation to and from their play therapist, mental health doctors, dental and doctor appointments. Additionally, they require being kept up with while playing in the neighborhood which puts enormous strain on the lift in his truck and powered wheelchair to the extent that the power-chair received its third repair and the lift its second repair by the VA recently. Yes, the VA repaired it, but his lift could not be used because it was waiting on the VA since February, Rep. Chip Roy rectified that situation. THANK YOU CHIP ROY! Additionally, every time the lift and power chair needs repair he must endure without them weeks and sometimes months. When he loads his power chair into the bed of his truck it requires him to walk, with his forearm crutches, from the tail gate to the driver’s door.  Sadly, his infirmity is still progressing, and he thinks that in a year he will have to go to a van with a lift inside the van, I THINK THAT TIME IS NOW. However, the VA only replaces lifts and power chairs every five years.

Recently there has been a vast improvement at the VA but it has systemic problems that exist still in the background. He only uses them for supplies, not medication or medical assistance, like wheelchairs and CPAP supplies but as he tells any veteran he talks with, “the VA is not there to help you”. In fact, he also describes them as he used to describe the management at the Post Office, “they are raised, promoted, to their highest level of incompetence”. For his five doctors and 17 prescriptions, which includes morphine and Oxycontin for pain, he uses civilian and Army doctors. He makes a joke out of two lawsuits in his life: “I was an altar boy but not molested and I have been taking morphine and Oxycontin for over ten years now but I am not addicted to them”.

Most that know him, he does not ask for help. When he has something that needs to be accomplished he will make a plan that will take care of it. Things I have knowledge he has performed, while being in a power chair is moving a king size mattress, moving a side by side refrigerator, and a large umbrella with a concrete base. He uses dollies, furniture dolly, and hand winches. He needs help in many ways; new power chair, van with wheelchair lift inside, financial support for raising his girls, modifications to home, funds to adopt Lizette and Francis and more that I cannot think of.

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  • Glynnis Kilgore 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Ashley Gill 
    • $200 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
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    • $50 
    • 3 mos
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Organizer

Ronald Gilmore 
Organizer
New Braunfels, TX
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