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Michael's car repairs

Organized by: Michael Gavner

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I own a 1996 Ponitiac Bonneville, the car has 350,000 miles, give or take a mile or two. On December 2, 2014, I was on my way to Veterans Administration Medical Center, in Marion, IL, for an appointment, when I noticed the oil pressure dropping on it. I was 10 miles outside Metropolis, IL, when this happened. So, I made it back to Metropolis, IL and called a tow truck. My mechanic said I have a rod that went out in it, after I dropped it off with him. So, it's been sitting ever since. Called around about used motors and found one for $665.00, but, I don't know if it is still available. If I went went a Jasper motor, I'm looking at close to $3300.00 for it. My mechanic would charge me $500.00 for putting it in. I am a 50% Service-Connected Disabled Veteran. I was in the U.S. Navy, from 1984 to 1986. Both of my feet are messed up, along with atrophy of the right lower calf muscle. I also have lower back disability. In addition to this, I suffered a ergonomic injury to my left shoulder, working at the U.S. Postal Service. It manifested itself on June 4, 1999. I've had 2 operations on it, October 1999 and August 2001. I have ll pins/anchors in my left shoulder to keep it stabilized. I also have what's called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or CRPS/RSD, of the left shoulder, meaning I have a lifetime of permanent pain issues. I have permanent lifting restrictions on my left arm, rendering it basically useless. I no longer work at the USPS. I am also being treated for depression by the Veterans Administration. To be honest about it, it would probably be more beneficial for me to replace the car versus getting it fixed. I live on a fixed income, my VA Compensation for my disabilities. I am working on filing another claim with Social Security Disability. I exhausted my last appeal, with the Appeals Council, on September 12, 2014. I know the vocational specialist, with Social Security, stated there is no work I can do, as a result of my disabilities. The Administrative Law Judge ruled against me. I have paperwork to back up what I am conveying.


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