On November 17th my cousin Bill (William) who has been an over the road truck driver for 20+ years had a major break down requiring the motor in his trucks to require a rebuild. Because of health reasons this was not a feasible option at this time. When the truck broke down Bill was forced to vacate the truck leaving him homeless as he lived in his truck and does not have a permanent home base.
Bill has been diagnosed with COPD and also suffers from Desert Storm illness, chronic fatigue and a neck, spine and hip injury caused by vibrations in the truck. Bill has tried numerous times throughout the past few years to get VA health care benefits but because he doesn’t have a home base he has been denied a service provider and therefore can not get help from any of the VA hospitals nor clinics until they assign him a provider. (Such BS how our veterans are treated !!)
Bill has a good friend in Oregon who was able to pick him up and he is currently staying with this friend, once again trying to get the VA to assign him a service provider so that he can get the health care he desperately needs.
Through the company that Bill was leased on to they offered him a “short-term” disability insurance policy which Bill had been paying into each week for the past 3 years. This past Monday the insurance company denied his claim saying that they do not cover any pre-existing nor any VA related health issues – so down the drain went his hard earned money along with a policy that he was really counting on in order to be able to survive until he could get the VA stuff taken care of.
Because Bill is now without an income and due to his health he has no choice but to continue with what has now been started to get his VA health care service provider set up and jump through all of the VA hoops. The earliest appointment he was able to get to start the process of getting his service provider appointed is Feb. 7, 2021. I don’t known if anyone has ever tried to deal with the VA but they are not very user friendly and definitely not in a hurry to do anything and they draw things out 4-5 times longer than needed. That being said Bill will be without an income now until at least June (estimate).
I know that during this time of the year and with the current pandemic it can be a bit tight but if you could please help Bill survive the next few months I know Bill would forever be so very grateful and so would I. Also – if you would prefer not to go through go-fund-me or if you would possibly be able help with a loan rather than a donation (paid back once Bill is on his feet again after this VA stuff is taken care of) or if you would like to help in any other way you can call or text Bill directly at 281-900-4378 – he doesn’t have very good service where his is so if you don’t get through on a call maybe try a text and he can call you back. God Bless you all
- Joseph Tuchscherer
- Renee Bauer
- Will Thornton
- Renee Bauer
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