Debbie Shank, a 52-year old former Wal-Mart employee and mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, suffered serious brain damage after getting hit by a truck and was subsequently sued by Wal-Mart to recover $470,000 in medical expenses it paid out in benefits through its self insured employee benefits program. (Shank had won a settlement from the trucking company and, after legal fees, took home only $417,000). (Wal-Mart has since bowed to public pressure and has agreed not to collect on the judgment) But, this tragic accident has left DEBBIE SHANK with brain damage and bound her to a wheel chair for the rest of her life. Her husband JIM SHANK is also battling prostate cancer and now all the stress and disbelief over the Wal-Mart issue.
To add insult to injury, their 18 yr old son JEREMY SHANK died fighting for his country in Iraq just 8 days after this judgment was ordered. He died so I and all Americans can enjoy the freedoms this great country has to offer. JEREMY SHANK is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO.
This family has endured, sacrificed, and given so much, more than any family should have to. This family has made the ultimate sacrifice in losing a son.
Thanks to extensive media coverage ranging from CNN and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann to wire services to local media across the nation, along with the grassroots efforts of Wal-Martwatch.com, WakeupWalmart.com and people everywhere who put intense public pressure on CEO Lee Scott and Wal-Mart to do the right thing for Debbie Shank, the company announced on April 1, 2008 that it will not pursue collection of the previously paid out medical expenses, but there are still hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid hospital and doctors bills that need to be paid. So the campaign still goes on to help this family in need!