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I'm so upset, don't know what to do...Marine Vet needs help.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Detectorist, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. Detectorist

    Detectorist

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    My neighbor is a disabled Vietnam Marine Vet. He is 70 and not good with money. He is overpaying for 1 room in a run down trailer. At the beginning of the month, his landlord, whom I know, made the Vet give him $400. rent, and extra money for utilities. The Vet thought utilities were included. It appears that the landlord isn't working so he needed the money.

    What the landlord did was make my friend pay an extra $150. cash and all of his food stamps for utilities. The poor guy only receives $635 a month in disability and SS. So he was left with only $85 for the whole month.

    Well, it turns out that he's out of money and food. Unfortunately, I'm flat broke right now so I can't help the guy.

    On Monday I will file a complaint with DFS for elderly abuse. The landlord is a 'tough guy' so I know he will get belligerent with me. No matter.

    Is there a way anyone here can help him with a few bucks? Message me and i will give you his name and address.

    This is insane.
     
  2. ray9898

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    Hmmm....I must ask. How does a 70yo only receive $635 in military disability and SS?
     
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  3. jame

    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    Call the VA, or go see a local long term care facility. They can guide you to the places to find help.
     
  4. Detectorist

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    He get like $5xx.00 in disability and maybe $80. SS

    Since he is disabled he didn't work a lot. He should probably get something for mental issues. I'm going to look into it further this coming week.
     
  5. Annoyedgrunt

    Annoyedgrunt Dry Heat my ASS

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    Good luck. This is Glocktalk, you know. According to more than a few on here, he is a thief and a moocher for being on social security, and should have saved up enough to last him the rest of his life, so now he can lie in the bed he made.
     
  6. frank4570

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    Do you do paypal john?
     
  7. Detectorist

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    Unfortunately, Ron wasn't born very smart. His Dad was a Marine on Guadalcanal in WW2. He was captured by the Japanese and subsequently murdered. I think his grandfather was a Marine, too.

    When Ron returned from VietNam, he found his wife 3 months pregnant by another man.

    Ron has a great memory but he just can't figure stuff out. He was drafted and being a little guy, was made a 'Tunnel Rat'. He spent 4 years in the Corps.

    Someone told him to cancel Medicare so He can receive more cash every month. So I don't know what the deal is but I'm going to find out. Wish I had some money to buy him some food. Maybe Monday.
     
  8. DaneA

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    Before you go raising cane with his current living situation do you have somewhere he can go? Going to DFS, VA, etc will get him out of his current place but may not get him into a new one.
     
  9. Detectorist

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    I am going to look into that also. I don't think his landlord will throw him out and lose $400/mo on a room worth $200/mo.
     
  10. DaneA

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    Hot heads do stupid things. And it doesn't sound like he needs to be there anyway. Does he have any family?
     
  11. Detectorist

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    No family, no phone, no transportation.
     
  12. 3MagDep

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    Try to find a local Marine Corps League and talk to the commander. Or VFW or Am Vets someone in these organizationsd should have a lead on how to immediately help
     
  13. Arquebus12

    Arquebus12 Non-broccophobe CLM

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    Quoted for emphasis, with a double hit for the VA.

    With respect, I would also suggest that you come up with some form of documentation or something you can post to lend integrity to your story. I just sent off $10 to another Marine who's house burned down, and while I believe in brotherhood, I verified as much as I could before I went over to PayPal. Even then, I just threw $10 into the dark with nothing more than my sincere hope that it A: Is a legitimate boost for another Marine, and B: Gets to him.

    I'm not casting aspersions, and I'm grateful that you have this guy's best interests in mind, but you haven't made me open my wallet yet.
     
  14. Detectorist

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    That's a good idea.
     
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    How can I prove a negative?

    Regarding a house fire, that is sure to be in all the local papers.
     
  16. Arquebus12

    Arquebus12 Non-broccophobe CLM

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    Sorry, that's up to you. I appreciate your concern, though.
     
  17. 50 Cent

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    Ditto...VFW seem to be on the ball for cases like this.
     
  18. Detectorist

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    Went to the local gas station/food store. The manager made a huge roast beef sandwich for Ron. He was happy.

    Tomorrow I'm cooking my specialty.... spaghetti w/meatballs. So he'll have plenty to eat this weekend.
     
  19. 2bgop

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    What county are you in? I may be able to help with DHSS.
     
  20. GRIMLET

    GRIMLET Deceased

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    Marine Corps League
    I suggest this also. Marines stick together. Heck, some younger Marine may pay a house visit also and square the housing situation away properly.