Reuters - Video

EDITION: U.S. | U.K. | IN

Apple Inc

Injured soldier: How the Pentagon left me broke

Tuesday, June 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.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

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.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Injured soldier: How the Pentagon left me broke

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 03:55

Top News »

Investing 201 »

Arian Foster = BlackBerry? Arian Foster = BlackBerry?

Fri, Oct 25, 2013 - (3:16)

Don’t miss these red flags for IPOs Don’t miss these red flags for IPOs

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 - (2:34)

Copycat currency trading Copycat currency trading

Wed, Oct 02, 2013 - (2:28)

When to dump a winner When to dump a winner

Tue, Sep 24, 2013 - (1:55)

Where gold might again attract Jim Rogers Where gold might again attract Jim Rogers

Thu, Sep 19, 2013 - (2:05)

Why savings interest rates won't budge Why savings interest rates won't budge

Fri, Sep 13, 2013 - (2:09)

Buy local? ETFs try the trend Buy local? ETFs try the trend

Thu, Sep 05, 2013 - (2:42)

The better bond funds The better bond funds

Wed, Aug 07, 2013 - (2:40)

Best bargain in 40 years? European stocks Best bargain in 40 years? European stocks

Thu, Aug 01, 2013 - (2:24)

Invest like an activist Invest like an activist

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 - (2:49)

Money Clip »

3 things to do before disaster strikes 3 things to do before disaster strikes

Wed, Sep 18, 2013 - (1:39)

Your must-do money list Your must-do money list

Wed, Sep 11, 2013 - (1:24)

The worst "best" financial advice The worst "best" financial advice

Wed, Sep 04, 2013 - (1:42)

Forget gold: The case for REITs Forget gold: The case for REITs

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 - (1:19)

3 rules for buying a house now 3 rules for buying a house now

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 - (1:39)

“Stalking” your dream home - Money Clip “Stalking” your dream home - Money Clip

Wed, Mar 27, 2013 - (2:50)

3 hidden tax deductions - Money Clip 3 hidden tax deductions - Money Clip

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 - (1:33)

Moving Pictures »

Still missing – MH370 Still missing – MH370

Fri, Sep 05, 2014 - (2:05)

Images of August Images of August

Fri, Aug 29, 2014 - (1:00)

Burning Together Burning Together

Mon, Sep 01, 2014 - (2:23)

Mending dolls, teddies and hearts Mending dolls, teddies and hearts

Fri, Aug 22, 2014 - (3:12)

"Old timers" sail the Chesapeake Bay "Old timers" sail the Chesapeake Bay

Mon, Aug 11, 2014 - (2:27)

Burned memories Burned memories

Fri, Aug 08, 2014 - (3:02)

Images of July Images of July

Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - (1:20)

World Cup: passion on the pitch World Cup: passion on the pitch

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 - (1:00)

A refugee in America gives back A refugee in America gives back

Thu, Jul 03, 2014 - (3:25)

A long search for refuge A long search for refuge

Fri, Jun 20, 2014 - (3:04)

Reuters Investigates »

Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead" Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead"

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 - (8:24)

Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest

Fri, Jan 10, 2014 - (4:01)

"Passed around like a dog" "Passed around like a dog"

Thu, Aug 29, 2013 - (6:32)

Adopted, then abandoned online Adopted, then abandoned online

Thu, Aug 29, 2013 - (13:21)

How the DEA keeps its secrets secret How the DEA keeps its secrets secret

Mon, Aug 05, 2013 - (1:36)

How education lost its role as the great equalizer - Reuters Investigates How education lost its role as the great...

Mon, Dec 17, 2012 - (7:52)

Jihad Jane: From abused child to American jihadist - Reuters Investigates Jihad Jane: From abused child to American...

Sat, Dec 08, 2012 - (10:01)

Jihad Jane: The order to kill - Reuters Investigates Jihad Jane: The order to kill - Reuters...

Sun, Dec 09, 2012 - (10:39)