Absolutely no way to help you without knowing everything about your case--including the type of court you were in and an understanding of the issues occurring at trial..
FWIW, If you don't have the funds to hire an attorney (because your tied up purchasing a house) I guess you'll have to let the matter drop. Not sure what being a "certified" disabled vet has to do with the matter.......
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It is very difficult to say, partially because I don't know enough about the case and partially because the outcome of these types are matters are hard to predict. You certainly have a better opportunity with an expert and an attorney. You will need to weigh the cost/benefit.
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