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I have a significant other who served in the military during the Gulf War. For the past seven months I have supported him during this economic downturn. He is a good guy, who comes from a good family, but he has no contact with one brother and he talks to his 90 something parents, who he says have money, but he's too proud to tell him what dire straits he's in. He is a top financial director at a Honda dealership. And the dealership issued a zero check to him yesterday. This after he's been working 12 hour days. I don't understand why it's not criminal to make someone work 12 hours days when you know you have no money for them at the end of the day.
While he has another job in the auto industry lined up for next month, what is he or we supposed to do in the interim?All he knows how to do is work and sell things. It's very sad. I have a lease with him, and technically I could put him on the street for non-payment of rent, but I don't want that on my conscience. I was raised to be patriotic, and I can't see putting a good man who served his country on the street. Plus, I like the guy. But he is so used to having money, I fear he'll do something to himself. I'm really caught in a bad position. I work, but I don't really make enough to make ends meet, which is why he was living here in the first place.
I also hear that applying for benefits online takes forever too. I have been in and out of work most of my adult life, so unemployment is not a big deal to me. I have found ways to survive. I just wish I could send him someplace and he would go--to get himself together.
So sorry to hear of your situation. One piece of advice is to contact your local Dept of Labor. Most of them have Veteran Reps housed within that may be able to help. If you fear that "he may do something to himself" then you/he should reach out to crisis services in your area immediately. Call your local VA mental health clinic. Even though it may take time to apply for benefits I would suggest he go to his nearest VA center and start the process. I wish you well in this situation.