AZLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Thumbing through old photos Tuesday, Henry Kamnick often stopped to point out some of his favorite ones with his family.
The Azle father says he’s built a lifetime of memories in North Texas. His family moved to the area from Germany when he was 12-years-old.
“I was raised here that’s the way I feel all my friends were here. I went to school in Lake Worth,” said Kamnick.
The 65-year-old has even served his country. He was in the Army and stationed at Fort Hood, but now he says his country is not helping him.
“It makes me feel like a broken branch off a tree,” explains Kamnick “Just shoved aside.”
Kamnick was approved for social security benefits, but he can’t access the money. He says the Social Security Administration told him he needs to prove permanent residency in the country.
Kamnick says he lost his green card and has been told it could take up to a year to get another one. He admits he should have gotten his citizenship decades ago and still plans to.
Meanwhile, he’s says he’s not getting answers or help from the Social Security Administration.
“No, nothing and it’s frustrating,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R – Lewisville) has dealt with similar stories and he fears the problem may be much bigger.
He encourages his constituents to reach out to lawmakers if they don’t get anywhere with federal agencies.
“I think we did over a hundred social security inquiries last year,” Burgess said. “I guess the bigger concern to me –– of the 100 I’m being exposed to every year are there another 100, 200 or 1,000 that are not coming to someone’s attention?”
Kamnick said he doesn’t understand how he could serve in the military and not get his own benefits.
“I feel like when I went to the military they should have made me a citizen,” he said.
Just a few days ago, Kamnick was released from the hospital and says the last few years have been rough.
He’s also taking care of his two daughters who have a condition where their muscles are deteriorating.
“I’ve been having problems with my legs and my health I’ve been trying to get that social security so I can retire,” Kamnick said.
No one from the Social Security Administration would go on camera to explain the process.
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