Unemployment benefits expire soon

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Unemployment benefits expire soon

Mansfield News Journal – MANSFIELD — Todd Schnittke figures he's about nine months away from completing a degree at North Central State College.

An Army veteran and AMVETS officer, he wanted to go straight from graduation to a job helping soldiers who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

That timeframe is in jeopardy, he said, because the U.S. Senate rejected a jobs bill containing another extension for jobless benefits.

Schnittke, a 39-year-old husband and father of three, suspects that without unemployment benefits, he'll have to delay his education indefinitely and may have to leave his native Mansfield.

"I won't be able to afford to keep going back and forth (to the campus). I could probably get through the rest of this quarter," he said Friday, "but then I'll have to put it on hold. I may have to move away to find a job."

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