Mid-Michigan injured veteran, family say VA 'bamboozled' them - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan injured veteran, family say VA 'bamboozled' them

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A combination of mistreatment and neglect has left an injured veteran’s family to speak out.

Cameron Corder said he was injured back in 2013 in Afghanistan, while treating a wounded Marine. Since that day, his family said it’s been a nightmare trying to get Corder what he needs to survive.

"You're always told you're going to be taken care of, they're going take care of you if anything happens," Corder said.

Corder was an army medic deployed to Afghanistan. In 2013, he was injured by a disoriented soldier suffering a brain injury after an IED explosion, the same soldier he was trying to help.

"That's when he became aggressive,” Corder said. “I was kind of leaning over top of him he reached up grabbed me and bear hugged me and then he rolled me."

He said he fell into medical equipment causing damage to his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed and with organ function issues. He spent months recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center and was medically discharged.

His wife Bethany Corder is now his sole caretaker.

"To watch him not be able to walk down the stairs, or not be able to play with our little girls anymore. It's terrible," Bethany Corder said.  

Corder now uses a cane to walk, which he will for the rest of his life.

But the battle in Afghanistan is nothing compared to the fight he's enduring here at home. He said he's been waiting months for his retirement and workers compensation to come through. And the army is refusing his traumatic service benefits saying he had a pre-existing condition and because he was injured by a U.S. soldier and not an enemy.

"You feel betrayed… bamboozled," Corder said.

In the meantime the family has been forced to deplete their savings, scraping by until the army comes through. 

"We're just in limbo, waiting for finances to come through," Corder said.

So far, calls to Veterans Affairs by TV5 have ended similarly as Corder’s.

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