Unemployed caregiver seeks benefits as state continues through backlog of claims

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The coronavirus has forced a lot of couples to make hard decisions about their jobs, especially if they cannot work from home.

The wife of a quadriplegic left her job as a clerk more than half a year ago. Eligible for benefits, she filed for state unemployment compensation, but never received a dime… until she called WATE 6 On Your Side.

Since last July, money started getting tighter and tighter for the Cokers. They had to take out loans to keep them afloat while waiting for Mrs. Coker’s weekly state unemployment check.

Crystal Coker is her husband’s caregiver Charlie Coker is a quadriplegic, injured in a fall 10 years ago. Mrs. Coker worked at the Dollar Tree as a cashier in Powell until July of last year, just as the coronavirus was hitting a surge in East Tennessee.

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