Support US Marine Michael Schroeder

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Deirdre Furr
on behalf of Michael Schroeder
 WASHINGTON, DC
An OIF Marine (1 Tour) became the target of a senseless act of cruelty on February 11, 2016. After spending the evening with friends, Corporal Michael Schroeder,  was found with wounds that are consistent with being attacked from behind and kicked. Cash was most likely taken, though his wallet and phone were untouched, but at this time it is unconfirmed. The details lead us to believe that he was knocked unconscious and dragged in between two parked cars and left to die in temperatures below freezing. He laid there for approximately 3 hours before two good samaritans found him and called 911. Michael was taken to George Washington University Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull and observed while the doctors waited to see if the bleeding in his brain would stop. On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Michael was released from the hospital with the diagnosis of a major concussion and fractured skull. After several days at home, Michael's condition worsened, his speech and motor skills were regressed, and he was brought back to the hospital for another three days. He has returned home and most likely will require physical, occupational, and speech therapies in order to gain back what was taken from him in this brutal, cowardly, and despicable attack.

The ripple affect of this attack goes beyond the physical injuries that Michael will heal from. He is a son, a brother, an uncle, and a friend. He is loved and he did not deserve the brutality of this attack nor does he deserve the trauma that will continue after the visible injuries and bruises have healed. Michael is my older brother. He has been there for me and this country and now it is time for us to be there for him. Michael is not currently active military and was seeking employment at the time of the incident, tht being said, he does not have health insurance. Thank you for you time, your thoughts and prayers, and any donation you can make. Every cent over what is needed to pay the medical costs, will be donated to the Recon and Sniper Foundation (501 3C).
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Its been quite a journey over the past few weeks.

First, I need to thank each of you who donated to this fund or shared it within your networks. I am unbelievably grateful and don't quite have the words to explain how thankful I am for your generosity, your empathy, your kindness and your thoughtfulness. I consider myself extremely blessed and one of the luckiest men ever.

A quick update. After my week in the hospital I went home and slept for about a week. I was exhausted, plagued with headaches and my hands were completely numb from frostbite. Courtesy of your donations, I was able to begin Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy and sessions with a renowned Psychiatrist who specializes in concussions and head trauma.

Although the first few weeks were quite difficult, there has been significant improvements. My last doctor told me that according to my test results she would estimate that I have made it back to the 85-90% mark and that I should be 100% in 60-90 days. The headaches have finally let up and my hands are still numb but I am able to do "normal" things with them again which is fantastic and an improvement.

Due to your kindness, generosity and sharing the fund within your networks I have been able to receive excellent care. The care and the progress has enabled me to stay positive, optimistic, and has allowed me to know that I will make it back to 100%. And I will do this with a smile on my face.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will be forever grateful and will pay this kindness forward down the road when I am able.

Sincerely,

Michael M. Schroeder
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Michael had his first physical therapy appointment today. It went very well. He was given some exercises to work on at home to assist in his balance. He continues to improve a little each day. We want to thank everyone for their kind words and generosity. The amount raised will help pay medical bills as well as his future therapy appointments. On behalf of our family, we are thankful for the generosity of our friends and strangers. There truly is more good in this world than anything else.
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Today, Michael had an appointment with his neurologist. Over all the appointment went well. His doctor feels Mike will make a full recovery, but it may take two months. He will need to go through physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Thank you for your continued thoughts, prayers, and support.
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Rod Foster
28 months ago

Michael's health and recovery is first and foremost the important thing right now but... please ask him to contact me for job opportunities when he is ready.

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Brittany Kirk
28 months ago
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I am so sorry this happened. You will need this fund for sure, and please also reach out to some of the 30,000 military veteran service organizations for possible grants. Even with Michael being out, Semper Fi Fund, IAVA, Operation Homefront, and Fisher House might be able to assist with medical costs.

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Karen Burke Morison
28 months ago
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For those wondering why Tricare won't cover his medical expenses, they only cover for 180 days after separation from the service. He is too young to have been in the service long enough to qualify for retirement and VA benefits. Serving for just a few years doesn't mean you get health care for life. So he truly has a need to get these medical care costs covered, plus given that he's looking for a new job he is without income to pay regular expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) in addition to the medical care expenses.

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Theresa Clark
28 months ago
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Thank you so much for your service. So sorry this happened to you. You will be in my prayers for a full and complete recovery

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Mikey Sheahan
28 months ago
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Wow! So incredible to see all the financial support as well, from $5 to $20 to $25+, every bit helps. It's so wonderful to see humanity at work. Get well soon!

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Patricia Henderson
28 months ago
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Even though he may have served a tour if he was working or had other insurance tbe VA will still bill his insurance carrier. Also even if his medical costs are covered it could take months and months to gwt appts at the VA and he still probably has rent, utilities, car payments etc with no income coming in. Im sure when he was teying to live on that crappy pay qe pay tbe men and women protecting our country he didnt ask for a raise

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Rene Cashion
28 months ago
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I'm so sorry this happened to you! But isn't Tricare covering all of the medical expenses? If they aren't they should be and its a pretty big issue if they aren't.

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Tim Christiansen
27 months ago

Hi Michael--you continue to be in my prayers. One thing to look into if you haven't been told--Fish Oil is something that research has shown can help with brain trauma. I'm not a doctor but enjoy reading up on nutrition news. If you get the ok (have family help you research too) get a good quality fish oil. I like Vital Choice and Carlson and Nordic Naturals brands. Want to get a good quality brand. Get better fast! Tim

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JM
Jeff Manguno
27 months ago

What is the status of the bastard cowards who attacked him? Anyone who knows, please post status report. Thanks.

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Lisa M MacDonald Doran
28 months ago

Thank you for the update Deirdre, there's ALLOT of people in MA praying for him!!

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Vern Ray
28 months ago

Hang in there brother ('73-76). Will share this in all my FB military groups. Semper Fi.

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JB Chavez
28 months ago

Just an FYI, if you served in combat, the VA will cover all your medical for 5 years after you get out, not 180 days. Have him sign up with the VA to get his benefits if he's in that 5 year window. Then use this money for whatever he needs afterwards.

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Denzil Swiger
28 months ago

Semper Fidelis

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konnie logan
27 months ago
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you will always be in our prayers ! GOD BLESS YOU & i am so sorry !!!

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27 months ago
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Joanne Scholl
27 months ago
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Michael, Please know your loved and thought about. I had a similar experience in high school in 1968 and sadly no one came to my aid in any manner. I hope my donation can help you in some way. God bless you and thank you for your service.

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27 months ago
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Nancy Allen
27 months ago
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This should never have happened to you! I'm so sorry for what you have had to endure! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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Will Durbin
27 months ago
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Get well soon Marine. "Never Quite"

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Anonymous
27 months ago
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Rod Foster
28 months ago

Michael's health and recovery is first and foremost the important thing right now but... please ask him to contact me for job opportunities when he is ready.

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Brittany Kirk
28 months ago
2
2

I am so sorry this happened. You will need this fund for sure, and please also reach out to some of the 30,000 military veteran service organizations for possible grants. Even with Michael being out, Semper Fi Fund, IAVA, Operation Homefront, and Fisher House might be able to assist with medical costs.

+ Read More
Karen Burke Morison
28 months ago
2
2

For those wondering why Tricare won't cover his medical expenses, they only cover for 180 days after separation from the service. He is too young to have been in the service long enough to qualify for retirement and VA benefits. Serving for just a few years doesn't mean you get health care for life. So he truly has a need to get these medical care costs covered, plus given that he's looking for a new job he is without income to pay regular expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) in addition to the medical care expenses.

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Theresa Clark
28 months ago
2
2

Thank you so much for your service. So sorry this happened to you. You will be in my prayers for a full and complete recovery

+ Read More
Mikey Sheahan
28 months ago
1
1

Wow! So incredible to see all the financial support as well, from $5 to $20 to $25+, every bit helps. It's so wonderful to see humanity at work. Get well soon!

+ Read More
Patricia Henderson
28 months ago
1
1

Even though he may have served a tour if he was working or had other insurance tbe VA will still bill his insurance carrier. Also even if his medical costs are covered it could take months and months to gwt appts at the VA and he still probably has rent, utilities, car payments etc with no income coming in. Im sure when he was teying to live on that crappy pay qe pay tbe men and women protecting our country he didnt ask for a raise

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Rene Cashion
28 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry this happened to you! But isn't Tricare covering all of the medical expenses? If they aren't they should be and its a pretty big issue if they aren't.

+ Read More
Tim Christiansen
27 months ago

Hi Michael--you continue to be in my prayers. One thing to look into if you haven't been told--Fish Oil is something that research has shown can help with brain trauma. I'm not a doctor but enjoy reading up on nutrition news. If you get the ok (have family help you research too) get a good quality fish oil. I like Vital Choice and Carlson and Nordic Naturals brands. Want to get a good quality brand. Get better fast! Tim

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JM
Jeff Manguno
27 months ago

What is the status of the bastard cowards who attacked him? Anyone who knows, please post status report. Thanks.

+ Read More
Lisa M MacDonald Doran
28 months ago

Thank you for the update Deirdre, there's ALLOT of people in MA praying for him!!

+ Read More
Vern Ray
28 months ago

Hang in there brother ('73-76). Will share this in all my FB military groups. Semper Fi.

+ Read More
JB Chavez
28 months ago

Just an FYI, if you served in combat, the VA will cover all your medical for 5 years after you get out, not 180 days. Have him sign up with the VA to get his benefits if he's in that 5 year window. Then use this money for whatever he needs afterwards.

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Denzil Swiger
28 months ago

Semper Fidelis

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