April 27, 2017
Dear To whom it may concern,
I am writing for the sake of my husband, he started work as a gas station attendant in 1973. He attended and graduated from High School in Memphis, Tn. immediately following high school he joined the Navy and served 3 tours of duty. After 10 years this country moved into the Carter administration and he was honorably discharged because they were asking him to meet a weight standard he hadn’t been at in 14 years. As you well know it was during Carters administration that they were downsizing the military. After that he then worked in construction for 3 years waiting for an opening and in 1990 he got it, he joined the Memphis Police department and after 28 years, a major heart attack and 4 strokes he was again forced out, but at least this time he was eligible to retire, and that does help some. When he asked the city for a medical retirement he was told it was less than his normal retirement so that is what he did, he just retired. Now just this month we have found out that his long term disability that he applied for was granted, it was the same amount as his retirement and they only pay up to what his retirement should be, so he gets nothing from that policy. Then we were informed that his health insurance through the city is ending on February 28, 2017 and we had to go out and find our own at the approximate same price. What I am asking is this, if we owned our home and car then we would be ok, but he still owes $62,000 on the house that we have lived in for 27 years, and $9,500 on the car. Add in all of his doctor bills and if we just find a way with that things would be ok. He has been declared disabled by a board of orthopedic doctors and also the State of Tennessee. He only collects $1629.92 twice a month, of that $600.00 for health insurance twice a month and then $700.00 a month car and car insurance, and mortgage of $1052.00. Then add in Light, Gas, Water, TV, internet and phone and that leaves us with just 29 dollars for food a month, that doesn’t even cover the gas for his car to make his monthly doctor appointments and other places we have to go . If there is any help at all that you can, it would be greatly appreciated. It just bothers me a man who served his country for 10 years and then gave 28 years of his life to defending his city to be treated like this.
Let me explain how all of this came about, my husband had a stroke in May 2016. While he was off sick he was informed in August that he would receive no paycheck as he was now out of sick time, this was told to him on August 15, 2016 payday. At that time we were in a bankruptcy and this became a missed payment. It was at this point that he was also told by the doctors he would never work again. He lost 70% usage of his right arm, his left has multiple spasms now and he gets dizzy if he has to look up for more than a few seconds. He also has lost from a massive heart attack 60% of his heart, now only 40% works. Now stack onto this he is diabetic and his total cost of prescribed drugs is a little over $200.00 a month. The state of Tennessee has also dictated that he is permanently disabled. All we need to cover all our bills and then be able to live, not real comfortably but at least make ends meet is $100,000.00. I know this is a lot of money but we are not seeking to be rich just to live.
We also for the last 27 years been rescuing dogs and cats and I don’t want to have to give them up after all we have put into them.
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