Honestly I don’t know were to begin, I’ve sat here for a few hours nervously pondering the idea of writing this letter. I’m looking for financial help for my family and I. I’m in my late 30’s, father of four , married and until today employed. The past couple of years have been a struggle for me and my career. I’m a Marine combat veteran, two tours of duty in Iraq, as well three tours supporting troops as a contractor. Shortly after my last deployment my health deteriorated , eventually being life-flighted on thanksgiving 2013. Since then its been a constant struggle to find a balance of medications and life in general. Over the years we’ve managed to afford those medications and shots as needed for me to continue to enjoy a career and family with the new health restrictions. For now the health issues are not covered by the VA, nor can any company be sued for medical issues since there are cases in court waiting on rulings to give a direction who is responsible for the toxins that caused such respiratory diseases.
Over the years I’ve found ways to cope the best I could, certain medications help give some what normal life. I’ve made changes to my career to ensure I could continue to provide for my family. My wife has stepped up and took care of certain things around the house I can no longer do. She works a full time job, goes to school and makes sure our household is running smoothly. Over the years we’ve struggled to keep up with co-pays and other cost associated with high cost shots and care needed. The past two years has really has been over bearing trying to keep up, we officially couldn’t. We pay little here and there when we could, chip away little by little.
The past few months have really hit the family hard, I stopped taking my medications, no longer could afford them nor the payments to the doctors. We live on the east coast , since the Hurricane our lives have been effected . Our home was fine, damaged here and there, but the real toll was on my job. Little work and smaller paychecks, we struggled, tightened our belts, slashing unnecessary spending, just waiting till things got back to normal. Then today I was let go, work never got back to normal, they finally downsized our staff.
So here I am rambling on about myself and my struggles. My wife is my rock, she and I were just dating when I got sick. She moved in and took care of me. It kills me that my medical debt looms over our heads and now the added stress of me being out of work is added. I’ve hit the payment hard looking for another job, but being limited, its limits what I can apply for. I’m hoping to find some relief for my family and keep afloat. I haven’t been able to get my shots for months, figured everything would stabilize, “ I’ll get next month” never came. I don’t know how much to ask for, I’m stubborn and proud, medical bills $15,000 give or take a few dollars. To keep a float possibly just $2,500. It would give us a month and a half cushion and allow me to get back on shots. If I can keep afloat and not stress my wife out that’s fantastic, medical debt more of a wish. Anything would help, if you read this letter thank you.