Marine Corps veteran looking to get life back on track. The troubles began in the service, when I caught my first wife cheating on me with a good majority of my “brothers”. We were “young and in love”, so I thought. She moved back home to get out of there and proceed with filing for divorce, but before she left… she made sure to clean out my bank account. This created a world of financial problems, as you can imagine.
Fast forward a few years, and now I’m out of the service, still paying on these previous marital debts. I meet my second wife, who brought a daughter along with her. She was young and had no real work experience, so she stayed home and took care of her daughter while I went to work. Mind you, I’m not making very much money at this point… but I love them, so we find a way to make it work. I receive a promotion and along with it, a better wage. So, we decided to go through the adoption process for our daughter and to have my son.
During the pregnancy I was “indefinitely laid off”. Still paying off debt, and now the sole provider for a soon to be family of four… things were getting very rough. I took a job making $9 an hour, because I had no choice. Seven years into the second marriage, she decided she wanted a divorce as well. Now I’m paying off debts from two marriages, lawyer bills and child support. Life sure isn’t getting any easier is it?
We were living in a duplex which a few months after the divorce, decided they HAD to raise the rent to well above what I could afford. Now I’m scrambling for somewhere to live for myself, and my children when they come to visit. I was fortunate enough to find a small home to buy, only because of the generosity of my grandmother. The place needed a lot of work, and the kids now needed things like beds and clothes, etc. Still bearing all the previous debt, I now owe my grandmother as well as having maxed out about 4 credit cards.
I’m doing all of this on my own, and trying to do the best I can for me and my kids… but I can never seem to stop the boat from sinking, so to speak. I’m here, looking for some relief from a few generous souls who can empathize with my situation a little. I’m trying to come up with about $10,000 to get rid of this debt and hopefully start saving. I’m doing the best I can, but sometimes… everyone could use a little help. Thank you for reading my story, and for any donation you may provide!