Support US Marine Michael Schroeder
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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).
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.
Michael M. Schroeder
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.
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.
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
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
What is the status of the bastard cowards who attacked him? Anyone who knows, please post status report. Thanks.
Thank you for the update Deirdre, there's ALLOT of people in MA praying for him!!
Hang in there brother ('73-76). Will share this in all my FB military groups. Semper Fi.
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.