- Wounded warrior Quinton Ezeagwula receives help

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By:  Tim Griffin
Date: June 14, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

By Daniel Wilkerson

Nine bullets, one still lodged in his head. Quinton Ezeagwula said worrying about where he and his family will live in three months is too much to bear.

"At times I feel like I want to cry, but I can't," said Ezeagwula, a wounded veteran.

June 1, 2009, Abdulhakim Muhammad fired shots at an army recruiting center. Private William Andrew Long died, Private Ezeagwula was severely wounded.

Muhammad later said he shot the soldiers because of U.S. military action in the Middle East.

Ezeagwula had just moved home to support his family. His mother, a dialysis patient, and two siblings, ages 15 and 12 relied on Ezeagwula as the primary breadwinner.

"He was the main provider. He provided for us," said Sonja Ezeagwula, the wounded veteran's mother.

Ezeagwula said an application for veteran benefits in 2009 yielded nothing.

"You shouldn't have to be in Iraq to be recognized for serving your country. We're having war over here right now," said Sonja Ezeagwula.

Quinton Ezeagwula said last month with no stream of income he and his family were evicted from their rental home.

"An anonymous donor said we could stay there [new home] till August," said Quinton Ezeagwula.

With a call to the Rock of Hope organization, who in turn would call Congressman Tim Griffin, things started to look up.

"This is a service member who was shot by a self-proclaimed terrorist," said Republican Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas.

Congressman Griffin said they would start to dig into Ezeagwula's case in early January of this year.

"If he's eligible for it we want to make sure he gets it," said Congressman Griffin.

Finally came a lump sum payment from the VA, but it would only carry the family for three months.

"(THV Reporter) What's going to happen after August? (Quinton Ezeagwula) We are not too sure, sir."

But thanks to Congressman Griffin's office and a host of others, Today's THV got to make the phone call this wounded warrior has been waiting on for three long years.

(Phone interview with Quinton Ezeagwula):

"(THV Reporter) I have a bit of good news for you. I talked to Congressman Griffin just moments ago and he says they have permanent benefits approved for you, monthly, starting next month. What do you think about that? (Quinton Ezeagwula) I'm gladly appreciative of that. (THV Reporter) What will that do for your family? (Quinton Ezeagwula) That will help my family out tremendously. Because we have been going through a rough patch right now and we really need it. I really appreciate everything you have done for me and my family and continue doing what you've been doing and I'm going to try to keep my head above water and pray to God like I've been doing."

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