Hello everyone, my name is Ryan and i served in the U.S. Army for 18 months and i received an honorable discharge in 1992. At the top of this page, you can see pictures of my DD-214 that shows my honorable discharge. I did my basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma then did my permanent party in Schweinfurt, Germany at the Ledward Barracks. When i was there i was a tank driver, drove a supply truck and was a driver for a 1st Lieutenant. While i was in, i had 2 seizures and was hospitalized with a high fever. My temperature got up to 103 and i was in a coma for 2 days. I was very lucky to survive it because i felt like i was dying. I also had an allergic reaction to some shots that they gave us. It caused my whole body to break out and i had to see a dermatologist who issued me a shaving profile. The acne was so bad that i could easily cut myself if i shaved. When my father found out about the seizures, he requested that i be excused from the service because he was understandably worried and concerned. At that time, my grandmother had just passed from brain cancer. She was 94. Three years later, my grandfather died. After losing my grandparents, Christmas was never the same again.
When i was discharged, my rank was E-3. My unit was A Battery 5th Battalion 41st Field Artillery and my MOS was 13 Bravo which is cannon crew member. I began my out-processing in Fort Dix New Jersey and i finished in Philadelphia, PA where i departed from to come home. A year later, they offered me to rejoin but i was not able to pass the physical.
At the time i served, if you received any kind of a discharge at all, you would have to take a bus home the entire way. I had to take a bus from Philadelphia, PA to San Bernardino, CA. It took more than 5 days to get home. Right now i am going through some tough times because i have severe nerve pain in my right leg and i suffer from severe anxiety as well as major depression. I had x-rays done on my leg and my pelvic area which showed a narrowing of a disc in my spine. The pain is related to the narrowing plus there is inflammation and a tear in my hamstring. My left leg is also in pain as well. The pain is in the back of my upper leg and it shoots down to my foot. I cannot even do an exercise bike because there is so much pain. When i wake up in the morning my lower back is in alot of pain.
Sad to say but my family is not in a position to help which makes things even tougher on me. I have been taking meds and i tried doing physical therapy for my legs. The physical therapy did not work out at all and there was no improvement. I have had an MRI done and you can see the results in the comments section to the right of this page. I am waiting to hear from my doctor to talk about the next steps. I had to sell my car back in August 2015 so i can catch up on rent so that was very difficult to do. The pain in my legs and back has had a very serious impact on my everyday life so it limits me to what i can do. It would mean so much to me to find caring people that are kind enough to lend a helping hand because my spirits have been down for so long. I can't even remember the last time i had a good time because everyday has been a struggle. I even tried applying for SSI but i was initially denied. The reconsideration was denied as well on 01/22/16 so we are now in the appeals stage but in the meantime, it becomes very difficult to survive on the little money i have coming in. I am told that can take 14-18 months before my case is even heard. So right now it will take at least a year before anything will happen regarding my claim.
The biggest problem i face is that i am in danger of being homeless. I was laid off back in 2013 from my job as a delivery driver which i did for 15 years. Because of my pain and limitations, i have not been able to find other work. It has been a very tough road and i am running out of money fast. As early as April 2016, i will be in serious danger of having no place to stay. This puts serious stress on me and increases my anxiety significantly. I am a strong believer of when you do good things for people it brings positive energy into your life. Any money donated to me will be used to cover rent expenses. I am a man of my word and i stick by it. I was very proud to serve our country and our freedom is priceless. I certainly would of served longer if i could have.
I am so depressed that i am in this position at the age of 44 and i wish i was more independent but things have not come easy. It is so hard to survive in life without the proper support because it is nearly impossible to make it on your own. Getting help is vital to my immediate future because without it, i may possibly lose everything i have tried so hard to fight for. Something else that has been getting me down is i was not able to get anything for my dad for Christmas. My father struggles with type 2 diabetes and i worry about him all the time. I have not been able to see him in 4 years because it has been so hard to travel due to finances. We do speak on the phone quite often. I feel so helpless right now because there are so many things i cannot do because of my situation. There is a picture of my father below if you scroll down. In the past 10 years, i have had 4 very close friends pass away. That changed my whole outlook on life. One friend died of pancreatic cancer and in his final days, he could not go to the bathroom on his own and he lost so much weight. That was very difficult to watch. After he died, i fell into deep depression and i lost interest in so many things. My life literally changed.
My income right now is only $221 a month which makes me $249 short on my rent for each month. If i could get 100 people to donate just $20, i can reach my goal but really any amount will help so there is no pressure. I just need some time to get past these medical and financial problems so i can get back on my feet again. I personally know from experience that being homeless is awful and i would not wish it on my worst enemy. If i cannot reach my goal, i will have some very serious problems to face. I pray to God and Jesus Christ that help will come in time to save me. I want more than anything to be able to lead a normal life again. I hate that i have to ask for help because i am usually the one who gets asked for help which i am glad to do if i am able to. I know there are alot of people in the world that are struggling and i understand how that feels. The world would be so much better if we did not have to struggle so much but sadly that is part of life. I thank you for taking the time to read this and if you are able to help at all, that would mean so much to me.
URGENT FINANCIAL HELP PRAYER
Dear Saint Joseph I ask for your intercession with my urgent financial need. Please help me in asking our lord for a financial miracle to meet my debts during this difficult times. I have no one to turn to and i am drowning in debt. I don't ask for riches just enough to satisfy my debts. Please dear father help me...Amen
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