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Published October 10, 2013, 07:18 PM

Government shutdown could delay disability funds for veterans

The continued government shutdown could end up delaying disability checks to disabled veterans. 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.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

The continued government shutdown could end up delaying disability checks to disabled veterans. 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.

Chris Schnieder and his wife Amanda just became homeowners in Grand forks where they now live with their three children.

Two and a half years ago Chris, who was then in the air force, was critically injured when he was shot in the head during a terrorist attack in Germany, luckily surviving, but there would be a long recovery.

Today Chris also must take medication to prevent seizures, and he is on full Veteran's disability -- money the couple needs to survive.

"So just when you are getting some stability back... It's like, you have to be kidding me," said Amanda.

The current government shutdown is now threatening the Schneider's new normal, by delaying vet's disability pay.

Amanda: "Day to day expenses, three kids, their activities, regular bills. It is scary."

Chris:"I don't like to use the fair or unfair, I think it's wrong."

Despite that threat, 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 Schneider says that if politicians would visit the wounded warriors in the military hospitals this threat of losing disability payments would not have happened.

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