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    What help is out there for us survivors who are unemployed because of the economy, or in my case a company bankruptcy? I am also a Viet Nam era veteran and unfortunately all I seem to find out there is lip service. I had the upper lobe of my right lung removed in Dec. 2007,returned to work 3 months later. Had a recurrence end of 2008. Went thru chemo, radiation and another surgery in April 2009. The surgery was because of a shadow on x- rays which turned out to be scar tissue. Once again I returned to work within 3 months.
    Then came Sept of that year and a brain tumor and emergency surgery. Yes back to work again. From home at first and then on a halftime schedule at work Jan of 2010. All was going well until the company filed bankruptcy in June. I still have issues with fatigue so long commutes are out of the question. I want to return to work and feel there must be thousands of us in similar situations. I've read the frustrations of others on other blogs. What can we do? Where can we go? We don't want to feel a financial burden on our families.

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      I knew an army veteran whose wife had cancer, and she was covered for cancer treatment. The downside was that she had to drive several hours to the facility. If the Department of Veteran Affairs can't help, www.va.gov you might try contacting the American Cancer Society to see if there's any assistance they can offer. They may even know what's available for veterans.

      American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/ (1-800-227-2345)

      If you can find help as a veteran, and have to commute, they might be able to hook you up with volunteer drivers also, to get you there. You shouldn't have to drive in that condition.

      It looks like you've been through a lot.

      about 9 years ago
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