Army SGT Joel Sadosky (Veteran)

Home: Windsor Locks, CT
Service-Connected Disability: Chronic pulmonary thromboembolism due to clotting disorder
Operation: Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Last Military Assignment: 142nd Medical Company, Naugatuck, Connecticut
Immediate Family: Self, Wife, 2 daughters and 1 son.
Personal Interests: "I love my wife, enjoy my kids, and love God. My wife and I enjoy gaming (yes, we are nerds) together as far as hobbies go. We are also both very passionate about relationships; as in healthy ones

Current Situation:

While serving as a medic in Afghanistan I experienced persistent chest pain, discomfort, and shortness of breath. I continued my tour in discomfort, returned home and to work, and sufferred sporadic periods of pain. After a 4-day incident I was hospitalized and diagnosed with extensive pulmonary emboli in both lungs and vessel damage, ultimately attributed to a clotting disorder.

After leaving the hospital I missed almost a month of work, and my hours were reduced. I also needed to change my routines and job at work. I am unable to do tree work due to the medication I am taking (thin blood from medication, sharp objects, and constant impacts do not mix well). Thankfully, my employer has held on to me. However, I no longer do the work I was doing and am no longer earning the same income. My doctor recommends office work but that is easier said than done. I have no college degree (although I am planning on returning to school once this storm is passed), and the training I do have both in tree work and as an EMT are no longer viable. For some reason, people (potential employers) tend to get worried when you tell them you are taking blood thinners and have a clotting disorder and the potential line of work may be somewhat risky.

I plan to return to school once things settle down and I have a stable income. At the moment, my full time job no longer meets our needs, however, I cannot up and leave and go to school, as I provide for my family. Our savings got us this far, and thanks to Rebuild Hope, a little further still. Once my claim is approved, the income from that will help fill the gap, allow me to pursue school, and support my family. My wife has also been looking for a job, though so far, with no success.

My wife and I are extremely frugal with the income we do have. Once my claim is approved it will allow us to make some transitions as far as alternate employment and schooling for jobs less harmful and threatening to my well- being (ones that don’t involve slicing, dicing, crushing or possible dismemberment, which are of course more real dangers when on a blood thinner). I, and my wife, both have dreams of becoming marriage and family counselors.

The Rebuild Hope grant allows us to pay rent in advance for a couple months, which will help us get back on our feet.

Current Requests:   Need: $2000 Received: $350 Still Need: $1650
* Honored: Rebuild Hope provides emergency funds upfront in excess of actual donations.

The Sadosky family joined Rebuild Hope in July 2013.

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