Who You Can Help - The Stelling Family
Army SPC Carter Stelling (Veteran)
"For most of my four years of service I was a squad automatic rifleman who carried 90-110 lbs of heavy gear - an M249 automatic rifle and 600-800 rounds of its ammunition - on hundreds of 6-8 hour dismounted patrols and rigorous training exercises. This took its toll on my 5’7” and 150 lb frame but I simply tried to manage the back pain until I was honorably discharged. Soldiers typically serve in this role for only 6 to 12 months. This year the VA finally diagnosed the severity of my back injuries. While in Iraq I also experienced other harmful incidentse, e.g., our Bradly vehicle was struck by an IED."
|Service-Connected Disability:||Diagnosed with severe PTSD, Thoracic Compression Fractures, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, and Sciatica.|
|Operation:||Iraqi Freedom (2 tours)|
|Last Military Assignment:||1-6th Infantry Regiment, Baumholder, Germany|
|Immediate Family:||Self, Wife, 2 daughters and 1 young son|
|Personal Interests:||Family time, reading, writing, and fishing.|
|Current Medical Care:||In-home PTSD Counseling; Colostomy Care; Psychiatry Meetings/Evaluations; Chiropractic Care|
|Current Situation:||"I put off school, became a certified welder within months of my discharge, and began working on offshore oil rigs. However, I was terminated recently after experiening more back problems. We have downsized to a 2 bedroom apartment to cut expenses in rent, water, and utilities and are making weekly payments to reduce our credit card debt. I expect to receive disability compensation from the VA by in early 2015 and start school on the GI Bill this fall. Rebuild Hope assistance will help us pay our basic living expenses before then."|
* Honored: Rebuild Hope provides emergency funds upfront in excess of actual donations.
The Stelling family joined Rebuild Hope in August 2014.
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