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Disabled Vet trying to help himself.

Organized by: Dominic Smith

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I am a disabled veteran that deals with mental illness on a daily basis. I live on a fixed income of 800.00 a month, and am trying to help myself. As I am diagnosed with SMI (serious mental illness), it is difficult in finding work. I have been diagnosed with Schizotypal disorder and P.T.S.D. with Paranoia chronic and severe. By the time I am done paying my bills I am left with about 40 dollars a month. It would take years for me to save up to buy a small midsize truck. I was counseled on some ideas to help myself but which would require a small light duty truck. A church elder recommended if I could get a small truck I could create several opportunities to help myself. The first of which is transportation versus at 49 years old riding a mountain bike all over town without the ability to haul anything, not even groceries. Upon obtaining a small truck I can do several things.

One: I can make a flyer and go all over town to yard sales, letting them know whatever they don't sell I will gladly haul away for them.
Two: using organizations like and Tucson recycle, I would be able to go around and gather things of good use yet, others don't want keeping stuff out of dumps unnecessarily that others can use.
Three: I would have adequate transportation to volunteer at an electronic non profit called R.I.S.E. whereby I could use my computer skills to help recycle computers and such back into hands of family that can use and need them if for no other reason than their children's educational purposes. Anything I collected on these runs I would be able to help furnish my own housing. Anything I didn't keep for myself that was of value I would be able to keep in storage in my home, or a storage locker. As I collect things from these recycling endeavors I can list them on e-bay and craigslist etc.. Anything I don't sell via the light truck I could then load up and take to the local swapmeet on the weekends.
Four: I could easily go around and find odd jobs of yard cleaning to garbage removal etc..
Five: anything I am not able to handle on my own would be creating opportunity for others as I could easily just go up the street to the local Alano club and ask if anyone needs to make a few dollars that day, giving them opportunity to help themselves a little even if just for the day. In effect I will have not only created opportunity for myself, but a means to provide for myself. I will have created legitimate work for myself that I can't be fired from if I'm having a bad day due to my challenges in overcoming mental illness. I will have a way to help myself. It all starts with a small used mid size light duty truck. Would you please help me, help myself?


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