A World War II veteran, who was wounded in combat and earned a Purple Heart, now finds himself battling the Department of Veterans Affairs. Why, at age 90, is this WWII vet fighting the VA?
You're not going to believe this. Or, with all the bad news coming out of the VA these days, you might actually have no problem believing this.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is refusing to pay benefits to World War II veteran Emil Limpert because they want more proof that he was actually in the military.
You read that right. The VA is denying a wounded combat veteran, who was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, benefits because they want proof he served his country.
“I get this letter that says we can’t accept it because we’ve got no record of you being in the service,” he told the station. “I guess I’m the unknown soldier.”
The World War II vet waited until he was in his 90's to seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In a television news interview, Limpert said he waited until now to apply for benefits because he is down to nothing.
He and his wife live in an assisted-living facility outside St. Louis.
“We got rid of our car, we got rid of our house,” he said. “I got rid of money I had in bonds and stocks and now I need help.”
When the World War II veteran applied for his benefits, he submitted his discharge papers, the names of his foxhole pals and the X-ray of his wounded leg. The proof also included his Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars he received in the Pacific.
For the VA, however, that wasn't enough.
In its letter denying the veteran benefits, the VA requested affidavits from fellow service members, most of whom are dead, or the location of the hospital where Limpert was originally treated.
“There ain’t no hospital,” he told the station. “We were in the jungles.”
The new station that reported this story originally requested comment from the VA in Washington but received no response.
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