On May 8, 2019, our friend, "Chip" Martin Kowalski, a US Air Force veteran fell and "broke his right shoulder" (he is right handed). He fell again in June and hit his head. This time they did a CT scan and found a cancerous brain tumor to be the reason for his falls. This may be caused by his exposure to Agent Orange while he was working on the planes that transported it.
He has been in the hospital since June 17th. The tumor has been removed but after rehab he will need shoulder replacement surgery. Not only was the shoulder broke, it was shattered and dislocated. This did not show in the first x-rays in May but did in the CT scans.
He is a self employed IT specialist, and the only source of income. He has now been out of work for 2 months and looking at least another 4 months before he might be able to resume working. He needs help to pay his bills so he does not end up being another one of our homeless veterans. Please help to make sure this does not happen. Lets help him save his home.
Although the VA is covering most of the medical cost he has a house payment and utilities to pay with no income. He has depleted any savings he had to make it this far without asking for help. We do not want to see him end up homeless by the time he gets out of the hospital.
He still has radiation and chemo to go through before getting his shoulder replacement then rehab for that before he will be able to return home and hopeful be able to return to work. We would like to make sure he has a home to come to when he gets released.
Thank you for any help you can give. We need to take care of our veterans as they have taken care of us.
Up-date: Chip is still in the hospital, waiting for the VA to see if they are transferring him from the private hospital in FT. Worth to the VA hospital in Dallas or sending him home to then be driven 5 days a week for 6 weeks for his radiation treatment. When they finish with his radiation then he will be scheduled for shoulder replacement surgery and still be out of work for the many months of healing and rehab. In the mean time he still has no income to maintain his home or to have the funds to travel 5 days a week for all his radiation treatments till all of this is over. He lives alone in a rural area so there are no public transportation options.
We are praying that the support of the public for one of our veterans is enough to help him through this bleak time in his life.