October 2, 2013

Shutdown snags survivor benefits of widow trying to return to Maine

It could be as long as four weeks before Hiedi Adams, whose husband was a Forest Service firefighter, begins to receive benefits.

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The widow of a Forest Service firefighter found dead in northern New Mexico says the partial federal government battle has snagged her late husband’s survivor benefits.

Hiedi Adams is the widow of 41-year-old Token Adams. He disappeared Aug. 30 while checking on a report of smoke and was found dead Sept. 6. Investigators say it appears he crashed his ATV.

Hiedi Adams told KOB-TV that a meeting scheduled for Wednesday to finalize her husband’s benefits was canceled because of the shutdown.

She said she’s been told it could be as long as four weeks before the benefits begin.

The single mother of two says she’s making do with donations from the community as she tries to return to Rockport, Maine, to be close to her family.

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