Disabled veteran asks for help

Brad Gresham
Brad Gresham
A vet who served his country for 16 years, needs help.
A vet who served his country for 16 years, needs help.
Reported by Mika Highsmith -
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Posted by Nick Dutton - email

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTOL) - With food and gas prices going up, and a lack of job opportunities, many Americans are feeling the pinch. And for those on disability with medical conditions, times are even harder.

Call 11 for Action Problem Solver Mika Highsmith says life isn't easy for Brad Gresham. At only 52 he has a long list of medical conditions and a stack of bills.

"I'm trying to juggle things out," says Gresham.

Gresham, a disabled military veteran, only has one source of limited income. He collects from the veterans association and he also gets health care through the VA. But, when the facilities are closed Gresham is racking up medical bills. That's on top of his back property taxes and his utilities bills.

"I pay $220 to expand every month."

Gresham has applied for social security benefits, Medicaid and Medicare, but was denied, so to get by he pays what he can.

Unfortunately for Gresham, his attempts-are often not enough.

And now this vet who's served our country for 16 years, needs some help.

"I'm forced to try and juggle my bills. Pay this one, hold off on the this one."

Mika Highsmith contacted the auditors office and found out Gresham is eligible for the Homestead Exemption, because he's disabled. That will cut his property taxes by more than half. An appraiser is also going out to reevaluate his property value to hopefully get it down. And he has a meeting with HEAP on Friday, for utility assistance.

If you're in the same boat, contact the United Way at 211 or the EOPA-HEAP at 866-509-7392 or 419-242-7304.