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Injured soldier: How the Pentagon left me broke

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 - 03:55

U.S. Army combat medic Shawn Aiken returned from Afghanistan injured and soon found that a bureaucratic error had wiped out his salary, and left him broke. Aiken and his wife were forced to pawn their belongings and go to churches and food banks to seek aid.

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It's every TV is not a regularly unit. It is a unit for wounded. Warriors. Coming back from a combat zone. And there's sole purpose is to help soldiers. And they let. My people were Kansas. Might paid just go on the back burner. And I just seeing get felt that I thought I deserved. It was September. 2010. And I was a combat logistics troll. I was in convoy attendee calls. We had ambushed we couldn't move forward we couldn't back up. Didn't the road was too narrow so we have to sit there and fight and RPG was fired and me. The next thing I remember. Is that two had medevac helicopters. Flying in. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- To take a low profile. I am severe PT SD and survivor's guilt of PT SD. Don't never go away it's. Something. They you learn coping mechanisms. To deal with it. I had my two children in my explain four in Germany before deploying to Afghanistan. And state you brought it back it's early return dependence. So they are then their own set of borders. So when I had compassion -- reassigned. I ain't had my set of orders to bring me back. To. To El Paso here. And when I -- process they saw that I was single. We know dependence. With on investigating. They taped in some codes and defense. Took all of the money back. That they felt that they overpaid me. And I first sign on my December 15 check I -- paid a 117. Dollars. I went immediately over to finance. To figure out what he issue was they told me and you just fell on a couple memorandums. Which I did. At the end of December I get paid zero dollars. I'm in January. On the fifteenth. I. Everything was can be streamed down which you listen I have paid seventeen dollars and 44 cents. At the end -- month January I get paid 100 gaining eleven dollars and eighty cents. How is I had severe stress. Because. Not being able to support my family. We're going to. Food banks churches. We're looking for outside resources. I've been prayer and very proactive. I'm getting my. It's still has not fixed. Me and my feeling struggle. Month two months to put food on the table. And to make ends meet. I. Fifty army. Isn't gonna take care of me and I need to. Go as high as I can to make sure that we are taking care.

Injured soldier: How the Pentagon left me broke

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 - 03:55

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