I want to apologize ahead of time if this post has already been seen. In my last submission it seemed that the server timed out and I was not sure if it went through because nothing loaded afterwards.
My name is Jose Antonio Briceno and I am 30 years old. I am asking for help in getting funding to be able to become a Private pilot. My story is a bit complicated to be honest, but it is also what prompted me to search and find a website like this. I was originally born in Venezuela and brought over by my parents when i was 2 years old. I was given a tourist’s social security number and I have spent 28 years of my life here in the U.S, graduated and gotten to some college level of education in that time. I unfortunately through a combination of bad luck, bad timing and law changes have yet to be able to be a citizen or even a legal resident eventhough I have been here pretty much my whole life, worked and paid taxes. Due to this, I have always been very limited financially with what I can afford with college as I cannot recieve federal financial aid and have to pay for everything out of pocket. I am currently mid process of trying to aquire citizenship or at least legal residancy through aylum from the current situation of civil unrest in Venezuela. This is after being taken by ICE and taken to a detention center for over a month. It was one of the hardest times in my life so far and it was hard being separated from my family by what I felt was my own government. Of course I dont make the decisions to our laws but I don’t understand why it is so hard for someone like me who was brought without consent as a baby and raised in the U.S for so long to become a citizen, and why I had to be treated like a prisoner. I am also going through a divorce and my significant other left me without being able to at least help me finish getting a status through marriage. This has forced me to have to move back in with my parents for help. Going through these events almost simultaniously was quite truamatic for me.
I am here trying to move forward with purpose and asking for help so that I can show that I am able to be a valuable resource to this country and continue pursuing something that I have started but couldn’t afford to finish, and that I always had a passion for and that is the Aviation industry. The whole program is about 60 thousand dollars but i am just asking for enough to start the process which is about 12 thousand dollars for the private pilots license. I never knew that a website like this existed but the idea came to me and I am here asking for any help that can be given in this matter. I am just trying to get ahead in life just like everyone else and make a comfortable and honest living and future.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post
Jose Antonio Briceno