Helping veterans in need.

Welp! Where to start.   I am swallowing my pride and asking for help. I am 100% disabled but I am not letting this stop me. Unfortunately I have occurred a massive hiccup in life. I have been out of real work for over a year now due to my disabilities. Normally, during the holiday season I work catering earning extra money for the year. This year I could not. I, to better my life and health entered into an inpatient PTSD Trauma recovery program. I was there for over 3 months. I still have a lifetime of fighting and I continue to get help on a weekly bases learning how to cope with my trauma. If you have any questions I am an open book about this. I am here to break the stigmas of mental illness. Outside of my PTSD, I have been dealing with my back injuries. In the last 6 months I had multiple procedures to prevent surgery. Burning the nerves off of my spine to injections in my joints. Last week I found out that I will need surgery. I will deal with that in the next 2 weeks and or when the time comes for the actual surgery. I am asking for help. Please think of the times I have helped you. From buying you dinner because you were down, helping you out with letting you borrow 1st and last to get you in a safe apartment, to just being that person you needed to talk to. The help will be to catch me up on my past due bills (preventing my car from being repoed) and move. I have so many opportunities in the greater Los Angeles area as well as job offers. If I can raise enough to move I will be around October. I see so much in my future and right now I am just stuck. I cant thank you all enough. If you please at least share that would be the greatest. Melissa **** Update/life set back , but I see it a step closer to a better less painful life Some of you know me and some of you don't. The ones who do know what kind of struggle my life has been. I served 8 years active duty in the Marine Corps, and one tour in Afghanistan. While serving, I went through a lot that has deemed me 100% disabled, both mentally and physically. (I am very open to talking about these things if you need clarification, or just someone to talk to you if you feel like you are suffering alone.) The federal govt does not agree with these standings, and I've been fighting like hell to get my disability. I have to now go in front of a judge. After a 6 year wait, I finally got my spine fusion surgery that was done through my abdomen. I have been almost confined to bed rest for the past year due to spine pain. After years of trying different therapies, not being able to work consistently, and now this surgery, I have run out of all my savings. So in the last 3 months leading up to my surgery, I have been working 7 days a week, not to mention my acting job which I do once a month, and being a part of my charity organization. I'm being told that i will need to be out of work for another 5-7 months. If all goes well, it will be a full year to recover. I have been scraping by with what I receive from the VA, but due to cost of living and rent going up in Sacramento, I will lose my apartment at the end of January. While I know I will never be truly homeless, I now have to leave the place I've called home for the last 7 years. What has made all of this even more difficult to bear is trying to get the help I need from the VA system, which fails to compensate for the cost of living and how they treat their Veterans is poor to say the least. *****you must be actually homeless to receive HELP** *****I am trying to be proactive by preventing me from being homeless* This is temporary until i heal from this major surgery. But again I'm finding myself back at square one with needing the help. I tried working but I'm currently using a mobility walker and I am feeling very unstable due to lack of balance and strength. Even though I currently can't work, walk, or drive. I'm trying to stay positive with my surgery being successful and I'll be glad to work my butt off again when I finally heal enough to do so. So while physical labor isn't possible right now, I am willing to do anything I can to earn the money I need to keep my head above water. Baby sitting, drawing stills of your fruit or selling you my modeling pictures. I have one month to move out of my apartment and I'm looking for military grant options or housing. I'm not ashamed anymore to ask for help. So please, I know it's the holidays and you have family to shower with gifts. If all my friends could help with $5, or at the very least sharing my gofundme, I know I can get to where I need to be. The money will be used strictly for deposit on a new home and moving expenses. Friends and beards unite. I'm sticking my head up high and looking into my future with a hopeful and positive attitude. Thank you Also if it is easier pay pal won't take any cut from me or charge you if you send it family friends.  My email is [email redacted]  and please leave your home address (kept private) so I can send you my gratitude And hopefully one day the means to return the favor or pay you back.  I love you. P.s. last year I was Shameful And pushed into shame  and gave up on life I'm grateful I survived . This year i am happy and not giving up. Long post but i wanted you to have context of why i need your help if not financially let use the power of social media. I am only one veteran. and I am asking for enough to move so i will not become another lost statistic. All extra money raised will go to Semper Fi fund a non profit organization that provides immediate relief to Veterans in Crisis. 

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