Veteran Needs Help After Problems With VA
Organized by: Dave Donahue
Dave Donahue via Crowdrise
June 30, 2014
I am a former electrician and US Marine Corps veteran. In 2005 I was hospitalized with meningitis yet recovered and went back to work as an electrician/fire alarm installer. A year after I went to the VA to get some paperwork signed so I could take a short term disability from my job. What transpired was a referral to the mental health clinic. Eventually I lost my job and was constantly scheduled for mental health care. I was put on medication which further complicated any recovery. Since this time I have had little resources to support myself and my family. I filed a disability claim with the VA only to be denied. Prior to my going to the VA I worked as an electrician since 1998 and was a US Marine from 1981-1986 and the USNR from 1988-1990. The continued lack of resources after the VA has been involved has been a huge strain on my family forcing us to live in substandard living conditions. I have given up trying to gain my reputation and career back as an electrician which I spent four years in school to accomplish my certification. This fundraiser is so I can possibly get a new start and get away from the negative aspects of what the VA has done to my life. I understand there are many veterans struggling in the United States now and I understand that.. I come from a military family and my father was a Marine and my brother a retired Air Force vet. My great grandfather also served in the Spanish American War. I never asked for help in my life but having a young son I feel I have to try.I have to swallow my pride at this point and reach out. I know I served my country and when I needed help that very country and it's services through the VA failed me. The money I receive will help me get my life back on track and help me to pay bills which have become impossible to meet. Thanks to any and all who can help with anything!