Stimulus checks start to reach local community

VICTORIA, Texas — On Wednesday, a disabled veteran here in the Crossroads spoke about how much the government stimulus check has helped his family.

“It helped a lot,” said Frank Hernandez, a disabled veteran. “We spent half of the check Monday, we paid off all our bills and we got groceries and we’re saving the other half for the hardship coming up if it keeps going longer with the shutdown.”

Hernandez’s wife Lisa is a caregiver. Her work hours were drastically cut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“She was full-time and now she’s down to 15 hours a week or so. It affected us pretty hard,” said Hernandez.

Stimulus checks are a way to help ease the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hernandez told Newscenter 25 how he felt when he realized his family received the stimulus money.

“It felt great because I was teasing people before on Sunday that it was going to be out on Monday and I was just kidding with them and stuff,” Hernandez said. “They said ‘aww, you don’t know what you’re talking about.’ I called everybody Monday morning when I got it, and it was a miracle we just couldn’t believe it.”

Some people may experience a delay in receiving their stimulus payment due to the amount of money you made last year and how you filed your taxes. Click here to see if you qualify for a stimulus check.

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