28-year-old Dustin Boyce tries to play with his dog Duke on days when his pain feels manageable.
Boyce suffers from RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, nerve damage and chronic pain, all results of an injury during a training exercise at Fort Knox, Kentucky in 2003. Boyce is a soldier with the Indiana Army National Guard and receives incapacitation, or in-cap, checks to use as income.
“That’s what we count on for all of our bills and that’s our money to live off of month to month,” said Boyce.
Boyce said this month his check has not come yet.
“I wasn’t notified. I called a lady and she explained they lost funding and then two days later my unit finally called me,” said Boyce.