Disabled Iraqi war veteran needs help

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Disabled Iraqi war veteran needs help

Post by RichardLowry » Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:28 pm

Hello all,

I had the good fortune of interviewing James Grubb for my book, "Marines in the Garden of Eden." He was severely wounded in the ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company. He is now a disabled vet and struggling to find a decent job. Can anyone help?????

Here is the email he sent me today:

well its good to hear that about the book and i will be ordering one as soon as i start working,, been out of a job for a full month now money is beyond tight and my mom and family is getting fed up with me bummin.. but i should start working at penske truck leasing soon.. the army promiced me a great job and when it was time to get out ,they just held out their hands and said sorry... now finding a mechanic job that will hire the disabled is nearly impossible and i had to comprimise for a job that i have to drive an hour too and get paid low wages..... so if you have some good contacts or anything that could help me and my family, or a job for busted up soldiers that payed well that would be great... any way thanks for returning my e-mail and hope to hear from you soon
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:57 pm

Richard,

Would you happen to have an address for him, I would like to buy him a copy of the book and have it shipped to him.

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Post by troutster » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:58 pm

Also, just a general location. That might help us come up with some leads.
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Post by RichardLowry » Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:59 pm

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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:50 am

Thanks Richard, I emailed him and he replied right away.

I have a copy of your book on its way to him already. I am glad I could do this for him, now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside...seriously I do.

I only wish I could offer him some other kinds of help too.

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Post by RichardLowry » Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:38 pm

Robert,

Thank you. I am certain that James will be happy to see that he has been included in the book. I hope he enjoys reading the entire story. And, thank you again for purchasing another copy of my book.

I have contacted several other people who have offered to help. A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist has agreed to write an article about how we are treating our vets.

I am happy that we can do something to help our veterans.

Regards,

Richard
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Thu Jul 13, 2006 1:13 pm

I wonder if James has checked into Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitaion benefits through the VA. If he qualifies (and he should, he needs to call his local VA office/clinic and verify they gave him a rating of at least 10%). They would pay for his education AND give him a monthly benefits check to help pay his bills. This way he could maybe pickup another trade that might help him get a decent job. I am pretty sure he would also qualify for Federal Financial Aid at the same time if he were to go back to school.

I plan to give James a call soon at his request, I will share much of this info with him.

Here in Florida, the state will pay 100% of tuition, for up to a bachelor's degree, for any Purple Heart recipients who are Florida residents. I looked around Google for some info on this through Va but could not find anything.

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For those of you not familiar with the event that James Grubb was involved in, he was part of the unit that Jessica Lynch was in. James was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart for his unfortunate involvement in this terrible tragedy.


"From Wikipedia"
The most famous member of the unit became Private First Class Jessica Lynch whose dramatic rescue from an Iraqi hospital received world wide media coverage. This media interest in Jessica Lynch has largely overshadowed the sacrifice and valor displayed by other members of the unit. For example, Sergeant Donald Walters and Private First Class Patrick Miller were awarded the Silver Star for valor.


Here is a link to the Official Army report on that event.
http://www.army.mil/features/507thMaint ... ntCmpy.pdf


This is the same thing only a better copy.
http://www.sftt.us/PDF/article07102003a.pdf



On another note, I got a confirmation email from Amazon.com today that James' copy of "Marines in the Garden of Eden" was shipped today (7/14/06) via USPS and is expected to arrive Monday or Tuesday.

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Just a follow up

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:59 am

I received this email Saturday from Mr. Grubb


thank you sir for the book, it arrived today, its unusual these days to see such kindness in strangers and i will never forget this, once again thank you,,

james grubb



I hope he enjoys the book and I hope even more he handles the memories that he will relive.
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Post by Redmaxx » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:46 am

Is there any update? Did he find a job?
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Post by RichardLowry » Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:06 pm

Redmaxx,

I have not corresponded with James lately. I will try to get in touch with him and update you.
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Post by Redmaxx » Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:07 pm

Thank you. I wish that there was a way that I could have helped.
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:12 pm

Same here, thats why I bought him the book. I also sent him some email links to some webistes specifically for helping newer disabled vets get jobs and training.

I hope he has had a chance to read the book and hope he enjoyed it. I can't begin to imagine having to relive his experience while reading about it.
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Post by Redmaxx » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:43 pm

You did a good thing there Dagger. My hat is off to you.
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