WWII veteran needs help

Organized by: John Miller

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It is difficult for me to post this.  My father has never asked for help in his life and honestly would be upset if he knew I was posting this.  My father is 91 and an Army veteran.  He served in WWII, Korea and Pacific Island Campaign.  Mother passed away on October 5th, 2007 of cancer.  On June 21, 2014 dad had a minor stroke.  I’m happy to say that for the most part he recovered.  What it did leave him with is having to use a walker in order to get around.  He cannot walk on his own. Thank God for the electric wheelchairs that most stores now offer to those in need.  

He lives in a house that he and mother built in the 1950’s and was not designed for someone with a disability.  His shower is very small and I put a hand sprayer and a shower chair in it so he can sit when showering.  I had to remove the bathroom door in order for him to be able to access and use his bathroom.  After dad’s stroke, I had plans on converting a second bathroom in the house with a tub in it, by having the tub removed, into a handicap, wheelchair accessible shower where he could wheel himself into the shower, but, I was laid off and now unemployed with no income and the plans went out the window.  I myself have had 9 back surgeries and decided it was time for me to file for SSI and I’ve been told it could take up to two years for it to be granted. I live with and take care of dad and my problem physically is moving dad around when he needs help.  I will never be able to pick him up out of his shower if he goes down.  Obviously, at dad’s age his mobility isn’t going to get any better and I have no clue what we will experience while I wait to start getting an income again and able to pursue the bathroom conversion.  Dad is on a very small, set limited income and cannot afford any bathroom conversion. 

I checked with the VA regarding assistance in making the house handicapped accessible and was denied any assistance.  The bottom line is, I just want to make things easier for my father regarding the years he has left.  I honestly don't know how much it will cost to do the modifications to the bathroom.  I know it's not cheap and the house is old and don't know what complications we will run into.  If you know of anyone living in the Escondido, CA area and wants to meet dad, that would be nice.  Dad loves visitors. 

If you find it in your heart to help… thank you.  If you are unable to help… I understand.  Things are rough for everyone right now.  We don't do the social sites like Facebook and Twitter, so, we'll let God work as He sees fit and hopefully, you will pass on the word to others.  May God bless each of you reading this and I pray you have a blessed day.

Ps.  I wanted to add pictures of his bathroom and the bathroom that would be converted, but, it only allowed me one picture to post.

Respectfully, 

John A. Miller

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