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    Combat veterans face ‘cruel’ struggle to prove their service to VA, amid missing reco

    Combat veterans face ‘cruel’ struggle to prove their service to VA, amid missing records

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    Stanley Friedman was shot at. The ship he was on was attacked by enemy bombers. He saw a landmine blow apart a truck carrying two dozen of his fellow soldiers. One of them died in his arms.

    But after he came home from World War II, he found himself embroiled in another battle -- this time, with the Veterans Administration, as he tried to get his benefits.

    In the decades that followed the war, Friedman suffered from anxiety, depression and nightmares which lasted his entire life, affecting his job and his family.

    Yet, as he sought treatment and benefits, the Veterans Administration told him the military records documenting his service couldn't be found. Despite the fact Friedman knew very specific details of the dates and places he experienced the most traumatic events, there was no proof, so he wasn't entitled to benefits, the VA said.

    In 2012, Garrett was able to locate some of Friedman's lost records. And after three more years of legal wrangling with the VA offices, Friedman was finally able to obtain benefits, at the age of 92.
    At age 92!!!
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    Re: Combat veterans face ‘cruel’ struggle to prove their service to VA, amid missing

    Nations and Kingdoms have always lied to their soldiers, fight and you will be taken care of if you get hurt during your duty... Knowing full well that there are finite resources and you can't possibly help everyone.

    In Canada there's an Afghan veteran who has to prove every year he lost his legs or lose his benefits.

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    Re: Combat veterans face ‘cruel’ struggle to prove their service to VA, amid missing

    The veterans affairs program needs reform, NOW. All combat veterans should be guaranteed these benefits.

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    Re: Combat veterans face ‘cruel’ struggle to prove their service to VA, amid missing

    Quote Originally Posted by Dovkan View Post
    The veterans affairs program needs reform, NOW. All combat veterans should be guaranteed these benefits.
    Unfortunately, when it comes to massive bloated bureaucracies that have no objective oversight " guarantees " are whats left after a promise has been broken.

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    Re: Combat veterans face ‘cruel’ struggle to prove their service to VA, amid missing

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    Unfortunately, when it comes to massive bloated bureaucracies that have no objective oversight " guarantees " are whats left after a promise has been broken.
    I can agree, but America and other countries do follow through on things.

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