So it has been a very crazy several months! We moved to Utah, rented a house that is soooooooo small that the kids have to use the unfinished basement as rooms and Steve had surgery again.
He was not doing well for sometime, and we were afraid that we would lose him. Then something miraculous happened! Steve asked for a blessing, for prayers and had the faith that things would get better.
First, we got two amazing nurses with Harmony Home Health. Then, Steve started trying to get stronger. He pushed therapy and he started really trying to live.
I'm very happy to say that in the last month Steve has improved enough that he is looking for a part time job that he can do to try to have interaction outside the home.
Also, this week, we put in an offer that was accepted on a home. We still need to push donations to cover whatever changes needs to be made to the house that the VA grant won't cover but our goal has dropped. Please help me push this far enough to make the house one that Steve can have access to in all places!
The plans are almost complete but we are running into a BIG roadblock! Apparently the VA will give a loan for new construction that is already in progress but NOT ONE FROM START! Once the home is built, we can finance it, but we cannot finance the construction of the home......I'm feeling defeated right now. Without upfront funding, there will be no home to go home to.
LT Steven Simmons is recently retired from the US NAVY who underwent treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in DC. In March of 2011, Steve was aboard the USS RONALD REAGAN as they were the first ship to report to the coast of Japan following the tsunami and earthquake that ravaged their shores on March 11, 2011. For over a month, the REAGAN sat 200 yards off the coast as the FUKUSHIMA nuclear reactor melted down. Steve is now one of a few hundred Sailors and Marines that are sick. Between November of 2011 and now, Steve has gone from a healthy, active man to a shaking, withering, wheelchair bound patient. He has lost the ability to walk as he now suffers from debilitating progressive, ascending muscle weakness. He has lost the ability to do many of the everyday things that we take for granted. We spent almost everyday at WRNMMC and yet, after all that time, the doctors refused to give him a diagnoses, a treatment plan, or any sort of answer. Because of the nature of his disability, even though he has WARRIOR STATUS and a 100% rating, he is ineligible for assistance from most of the nonprofits who advertise help for Wounded Warriors. Because he is not an amputee and he does not suffer from a TBI, he is invisible. Steve is incapable of using his legs but because he has them, he is not considered a "boots on ground injury" and is therefore ineligible for traditional assistance building an accessible home in our home state of Utah to accommodate the wheelchair that he now has no option but to use. We are purchasing a home, please help us modify it for his comfort and use!
Summer and Steve are an amazing couple. They, along with their children, face the challenges of Steve's condition with grace and dignity. They are caring and generous, never missing an opportunity to say a kind word or support other injured and ill warriors, including my husband. They do so much for others...but the system is letting them down. When you consider the sacrifice, hardships, and uncertainty this family has faced, and the courage they have shown in service to our great nation...helping them build a safe, user-friendly, adaptive home is the least we can do as Americans.