Reporting Fran Schneidau
HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) - The wounded from the current wars return stateside to a hornet’s nest of red tape, says Scot King, a retired Marine corporal.
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He is now riding his bike through all 48 of the contiguous states to raise money for these troops.
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Today he is in Hartford and tomorrow will travel to Danbury. He will then head to New York City on Oct. 13; Blawenburg, New Jersey on Oct. 16; and to Trenton on Oct. 17.
King says during recovery, having a family member at bed side is critical.
But who covers these costs? No one, says King, who notes even the wounded soldier is temporarily without pay.
“Now, he’s not in combat. So, he’s not going to be getting his combat pay,” King told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “The bills don’t stop, but the paycheck does.”
King says it can take months before the new pay level kicks in.
He hopes to raise $1 million to help these wounded service men and women and their families.
King started riding in Salem, Oregon on May 7 and will end this half of his journey in Washington, DC later this month. He plans to complete his tour of the lower 48 in late 2012.
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