Hello and thank you for clicking my post to hear my story. I am a navy veteran whose life hit rock bottom because of a string of bad luck and terrible circumstances over the past few years. I have always kept a job since 13 years old, and not a slouch by any means, it’s just that life throws unexpected curves, and before I knew it, I had hit rock bottom with no resources or reliable support. I am asking for donations so that I can move out of beaufort , SC. There is no buses or trains here, I have no family or friends in the area , and I am stranded here because my car is broken down. Here is what happened to me:
after separating honorably from the military, I had Friends, a girlfriend who I thought loved me, and a good job plus attending school. the trick about life is that you never really know who is really for you until bad things happen. I was always a cheerful and happy person, ready to help others in need at the drop of a dime. fast forward a few years, my girlfriend was seeing other men behind my back while I was working nights so we broke up, most of my friendships were toxic or one-sided so I had to let them go, and my professional life took a turn because of budget cuts, leaving me unemployed, relying on security gigs, and odd jobs just to make ends meat. After secluding myself for almost a year because of my severe depression and anxiety, I tried again and went back to trade school in order to earn enough money to move away from the rural southeast and seek a better opportunity.
Being that I am a 34 year old disabled veteran diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorder with arthritis in my left shoulder + right knee, and 2 knee surgeries + one shoulder surgery while active duty, my physical disabilities prohibited me from a lot of positions in my area that I am certified for, Which was heating and air conditioning work. Due to the physical labor, lifting , and bending, my knees went out constantly and one day at work I was severely injured when a co-worker lost his grip and sent a 2 ton ac unit flying directly into my left hand, severing the tendon in my ring finger. After working for my company for an extra 2 months after my surgery in order to keep my job, I was still laid off while not fully recovered. As a result of not being able to find work, my financial hardships started to grow again and I ended up spending all of my savings on rent and bills just trying to keep my head above water.
I got another job as a cashier at Dollar general, but was wrongfully terminated because I stood up to being harassed by my immediate manager who was proudly racist and my case was swept under the rug by corporate. While still trying to fight for an appeal after a week, my older brother passes away from an unexpected heart attack, to which I immediately scrounged up any money i could to fly back to Chicago for his funeral.
After laying my brother to rest, I returned to South Carolina with no money but determined to find a way to fix my circumstances. My roommate, however, moved away without warning 2 weeks after I returned because my only my name was on the lease, leaving me with the brunt of bills to pay alone. I have tried everything, but I cannot afford to carry the full load of bills with my 500 dollar disability check from the VA. Adding insult to injury, the car that I currently own has broken down and I have no money to get it repaired. I’ve tried for a personal loans and was denied for lack of employment because. I’ve had to cancel all my VA appointments for physical therapy and mental health because of the inability to get to the clinic, and looking for work has come to almost a complete halt because of the lack of transportation.
I recently spoke with my mother about moving back to my home of record in Chicago, but without a car or money and no assets to sale, I am stranded in Beaufort, SC. The first of the month is rapidly approaching and I am in definite risk of being homeless soon. I have tried everything that I can think of to rectify my situation from odd jobs to unemployment offices to denied loans, but every day I sink deeper and deeper into depression because of the inability to turn around my circumstances. I have no family and no friends where I reside and if I could just move back home to Chicago, I would have a better support system so that I can regain my bearings. I have tried so hard to, but I cannot do this alone and I desperately need your help.With this help, I can get my car fixed, pay off any remaining rent or utility bills, and move back home. Please I’m begging you, I just need a chance to turn my life around by changing my environment. I was approved for the Vocal Rehabilitation Program with the VA and can start school by the Spring of 2019 if I can get stable footing. I’ve run out of options and out of hope and this is my last chance to save my life. If there is any help you can give me, even if it’s just a point in the right direction, I would be forever grateful. Thank you for your time and consideration.