Sadly, the tale from our Applicant of the Day is told far, far too often:
My husband was a nuclear welder for the Navy. He was exposed to radiation twice and both times the accidents were covered up and not reported. As a result, when he got pancreatic cancer and ultimately died, the VA system denied all claims for financial assistance.
We had both worked hard, built a business and a home for family and in just 8 months, we lost everything. I took care of him best I could, selling off everything without a second thought, just to keep a roof over our heads and get his medications and so on. Now, two years later, my son (16) and I are going it alone, working hard to get him a good education so he can have a better life.
Recently, someone stole all four wheels off my car and left us with no transportation. I have an opportunity, finally, to get back to work and now, no way to get there. If we lived anywhere near the buses, I would make it but we live in a very rural area where rent is more affordable and depend on the school bus for my son but no other means of transportation is available.