EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSInjured Soldier Claims System Is Failing Him
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Jul. 9, 2013 8:36 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 10, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
An update on local soldier medically discharged who claims the system is failing him. Two years ago Adam Nelson fell 300 feet from an airplane during a combat mission at Fort Bragg. He broke several bones and had severe head injuries. Nelson says a mix-up in paperwork put a snag in his retirement pay and he's afraid he and his family will soon be homeless.
Wednesday morning, Sen. Rockefeller's office contacted Eyewitness News and offered support for Nelson. Andrew Beckner with Rockefeller's office said, "Since the Senator is on the Veterans Affairs Committee, our office has many resources. We have access to people at high levels and a team dedicated to helping veterans."
A local veteran medically discharged says he isn't getting the help he needs and could soon be homeless. Adam Nelson is retired from the Army and disabled after a near death accident at Fort Bragg. He claims no pay and no job are putting his family in jeopardy.
Nelson says, "We have no money. My mother in-law is buying my groceries, my father was the last person to put gas in my car."
Nelson is rehabilitating after he fell 300 feet out of an airplane during a combat training mission in Fort Bragg two years ago. His wife and four children live in Huntington. He says a mix up in paperwork put a hold on his military retirement pay.
Nelson says he went to veteran resource organizations for help. "They told me to take my family to a homeless shelter, which is not the answer. That's not the right answer for anybody, especially a disabled veteran. Somebody who could fall for this country, it's not how they should be treated."
Nelson says he contacted Rep. Nick Rahall's office and was promised he would get his retirement check soon, but time is running out. Nelson said, "I haven't paid a single bill in two months. I'm waiting to get a cut off notice from my utilities. So, I don't know what we're going to do. I don't feel personally that my country has failed me. I feel like a system my country built has failed. me."
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