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Veteran finally starting to receive help after military injury

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

After months of fighting the Army and Veterans Affairs, Cameron Corder finally gets a small break.

"I cannot express the amount of gratitude that I have," Cameron Corder said.

After telling his story to TV5, help is finally starting to roll in.

"Thank you so much to TV5 because without you guys without the initial story, none of this would have happened," said Bethany Corder, Cameron Corder’s wife.

Congressman Dan Kildee stepped in and the VA reinstated the family's health insurance and paid his retirement compensation. Plus, Cameron and Bethany said there was outpouring of support from TV5 viewers.

"I really thank the community, they've been great. They've become part of our extended family," Cameron Corder said.

But the battle still isn't over... While the VA did the right thing, Cameron Corder is still owed compensation from the Army. 

It's called Traumatic Service Member's Group life insurance. It’s a benefit that Cameron Corder paid for in case he was injured in combat, and the Army is refusing to pay it. 

"They're saying there is no outside force that caused my injury," Cameron Corder said.

Bethany Corder said, "He was in Afghanistan when he got hurt, I don't know how much more combat you can get than that."

In a statement Kildee said: "It is an outrage that Cameron, now partially paralyzed because of the injuries he sustained in combat, is still waiting to receive the benefits he is owed. It’s time the army ensures that he and his family receive the benefits he deserves for his selfless service."

"I had a fruitful career, but once that career ended by me being injured, I saw how quickly the Department of Defense turned their back on me," Cameron Corder said.

That service was something he once called one of his proudest accomplishments. But the army has tainted that.

"I want everyone to know the terrible things that the army has done and are still doing to our family," Bethany Corder said.

TV5 has reached out to the Army for answers on Cameron Corder’s lack of benefits, but were passed along to several different departments with no response.

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