THIS IS OUR AMERICAN “DREAM”?
The dire circumstances my family is in now after my husband was injured working 7 days a week for 2 of the Biggest companies in the US & after 16 yrs the thanks he got from Wal Mart Corp. was termination-while on medical leave-reason they gave? he did not call in though no one asked him too & he had Dr’s note plus management approval-even encouragement from mngmt. to take off!) He cannot work due to the injury until he finally gets the surgery he needs and due to not doing surgery sooner he may now never be the same! He is literally wasting away, cannot walk normally,and since the needed surgery has NOT been done going on 6months is now falling & peeing himself at times (he is 36!!!) He was born w/ one arm and still worked his ass off for WM & Home Depot…yes we have a lawyer who said the other day he had over 200 cases when our Dr. pointed out my husband could become immobile permanently if this is not treated NOW..sorry for rant and lots more to story but WTF is happening America and some Americans? We volunteered always, gave to charity out of every paycheck and they weren’t big checks etc. etc. and Now we have had to get food stamps, move, have had no water or electricity at times due to no income (I have MS & got laid off last Sept. still looking for anything and hoping. I am a talented songwriter&had started own business right when this happened so try to “keep up appearances” on social med.-music sites since they don’t want to see our story & employ me if they knew-from what I was told per Nashville)..How I wish I could tell you this ENTIRE story because it is SHOCKING what they (Wal Mart & Home Depot Management & work. comp. Dr & medical benefits personnel & lawyer)are doing and mostly what they ARE NOT– even though they know he could be paralyzed at any turn! Workmens Comp. has not paid us a dime because they just want to argue about which job was more responsible, Can’t get unemployment because you have to be able to look for work & accept it (he has Dr.’s orders not to work obviously), have applied for disability but it takes months of papers & Dr. Appts. before we will get an answer and in the meantime does ANYONE care about him/us? My husband WANTS to work,was always a proud man and did all he could to give us everything he could, was a wonderful role model to our children(married me when he was 20 & I had 3 very small children and he became only Dad to them all & loves it,they are great kids in large part due to him),he worked physical blue collar jobs most 2 armed people find hard, never let his lack of an arm stop him from anything-it’s amazing. and this beautiful man/HUman became so depressed he attempted (almost successful)suicide on May 25th and THAT is not him..now on anti-depressants along with the meds for his back injuries.This was a proud man who supported me & our children for 17 yrs. He hates to ask any services for help..most here don’t have funds but he has had to ask-brings him to tears! Neither of us has extended family to turn too, We sold any real gold jewelery we had-not much, used what was in his small 401k, everything we could before asking for help. He feels like he is a “failure”(his words & certainly NOT true!)but he feels that way when he sees what is happening to his family(myself & kids-we love him so, I’m sorry but i am so hurt, amazed & outraged at what 2 of Americas biggest companies can get away with & how much it kills myself and our children to watch while he is literally wasting away since injury.50pd. weight loss & wasn’t overweight! My girls were taught to believe if you do the right things, be kind, don’t judge by looks,nationality,sexual pref.(one daughter is Bi-sexual),do your best,pay it forward–(when our 17 yr old was turning 10 she wanted people to give to a local animal shelter in lieu of gifts..She’s much like her Dad) etc. We raised them to believe they can be anything they want if they wanted it enough but we have all changed due to what is happening. Trust is gone, hope is fading,I can see my girls wondering why no one is helping their Dad since both companies RAVED for YEARS about what a great employee he was,Wal Mart Dist. Centers even had him in the program to be a manager, they had no plan to fire him but did after injury! NO ONE has any solutions,our family is so changed, I cry every single F’in day(try to in private so he won’t feel bad), my husband has lost-besides the physical losses- pride,hope,faith,on and on. I’m sorry for going on but THIS IS an American story? I am not asking for anything, I just want to help you in any way we can( we have literally no income or i would give to your campaign) I want to help because I believe with all I am that YOU (who raised me via TV while my adoptive folks abused me in EVERY way-Thank You) I believe YOU CAN change this United States of America!..and I know no one in the political arena today gives a damn about any of us personally. No empathy,no understanding,no “wow,a company making billions is doing that to you & threatening your family if you go to the newspaper? Your attorney isn’t hurrying anything because he has food every night & a comfortable place?” Again…WHAT IS WRONG AND HOW IN THE FUCK DO THEY GET AWAY WITH IT? A threat to me, his wife, that i could disappear and no one would ever care about our problem if I went to local news with truth??!!!& From our previous work “family”? HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN IN AMERICA?…YOU could be Americas saving grace, you have the smarts,the truth, the wit, and the ability to change things for us and everyone else out there like us..the forgotten, the threatened, the ones who don’t want to give up on America but are losing everything..literally. As I said at the beginning, I will do ANYTHING you need to help in TN that I can and I mean that and PLEASE don’t think my rant is a plea for anything from you except to keep your word that you won’t lie to America..I believe you won’t.I believe you CAN make a change, & I believe in YOU for President of this country! Please let me do something to help make it happen!! Would also like to take part in walk to DC.
Thanks for having the balls to tell it like it is -he was raised Mormon as a kid & knows how much influence they have i.e.Romney. And a personal Thank You for making my husband laugh with your Comedy Central Roast, he recorded it to watch again and myself & my girls Thank You for giving him some great laughs, it is rare these days.
Dee Williams…It’s an honor to help!