Grand Forks vet fears shutdown will force him out of homeFor one Grand Forks veteran, the federal government shutdown might just force him, his wife and their three children out of their new home.
By: David Schwab, Forum News Service
For one Grand Forks veteran, the federal government shutdown might just force him, his wife and their three children out of their new home.
Two and a half years ago Chris Schnieder, who was then in the Air Force, was critically injured when he was shot in the head during a terrorist attack in Germany.
His recovery continues.
Today Chris must take medication to prevent seizures, and he is on full veteran’s disability — money the couple needs to survive.
It’s estimated that if the government is not back up and running soon some 3.8 million veterans will not receive their disability compensation.
“So just when you are getting some stability back... It’s like, ‘You have to be kidding me,’” said his wife Amanda.
“Day to day expenses, three kids, their activities, regular bills. It is scary,” she said.
Chris said, “I don’t like to use the word ‘fair’ or ‘unfair;’ I think it’s wrong.”
Despite the threat of his benefits being cut off, Chris and Amanda say they have a good support system, and it’s the vets that are completely disabled that the country should concerned about.
The Schneider’s message to Washington politicians?
“What you guys are doing is causing stress, on some of the most stressed out people in the country,” Amanda said.
Chris said that if politicians would visit the wounded warriors in the military hospitals this threat of losing disability payments would not have happened.