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Friday, April 26, 2013 - 6:13pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Disabled veteran, Robert Frownfelter is fighting for his benefits. His paperwork was lost in a fire years ago. So rather than getting the right benefits called Service Connected Disability, he was given a pension for 11 years.
Veterans Affairs said they're stopping payments because he also receives a Social Security check. Now Frownfelter said he can't pay his bills.
These days it's slow tough going for Frownfelter.
"I got a Frownfelter black cloud that follows me," he said.
He gets by on his Veterans Benefits and Social security.
or at least he used to.
"I'm just sick of being sick and tired and sick," Frownfelter said. "Then this happens. It doesn't make sense".
The V.A. social worker told him there's no hope unless he's on the streets.
"The lady flat told me to call the rescue mission,".
Robert's under nurses care, he's blind in one eye, can't drive, gets around on a scooter and uses an oxygen tank most of the time..
"I got a lot of medical problems," said Frownfelter.
He's barely able to pay for rent and medicine now with both his pension and Social Security.
Two little dogs are all that's left of Frownfelter's family. A motorcycle accident put him in a coma for three months. He lost his thumb and the right side of his body was crushed. It's the news that came afterward that was devistating.
"About a week after I came out of the coma, here comes the Red Cross telling me, 'well we hate to tell you this but your son and grandkids were in Katrina. I said what the hell is Katrina? It happened while I was in a coma. They were all killed so," Frownfelter said.
With no family and no where to turn, Frownfelter's running out of options.
He's asked for assistance from Congressman Beto O'Rourke. Their office asks that veterans with issues with the V.A. contact them for help.
His office is at:
303 N. Oregon St.
El Paso, TX 79901
hours: Mon-Thur 8:30am-5:30pm MST
Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm MST