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Local veteran’s ability to walk could be affected by government shutdown


TROY, N.Y. – For one local veteran, a government shutdown could mean losing her ability to walk.

Marissa Strock is from Troy, but is currently being treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She says she was in the middle of getting fitted for new prosthetics when her doctors told her Congress may not allow her to get the care she needs to stand on her own.

The 28-year-old has been wearing prosthetic legs since 2005 after her vehicle was blown to pieces in Iraq after a roadside bomb hit it.

"This is the only way I can get up walk around and live my daily life," she says.

Strock, a Troy native now living in Virginia, says she found out on Monday that way of life may be affected if the government shuts down at midnight.

"We may not be able to see you depending on what congress decides. We will know better tomorrow," read a text message Stock received from one of her doctors.

"I am literally in the middle of getting prosthetics; I have a test socket and have to go back up this week, waiting for a final socket.

Strock says she hasn't been told anything else other than to wait and see what happens at midnight.

And if the government does shutdown on Tuesday, Strock says she plans to go in front of Walter Reed to protest letting people know that Congress is now allowing her to get the care she needs.

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