VA Refuses Benefits for World War II Veteran with Purple Heart

VA Refuses Benefits for World War II Veteran with Purple Heart

February 08, 2016

VA Refuses Benefits for World War II Veteran with Purple Heart

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.”

Veteran Waits for Years to Ask for Help and is Denied by the VA

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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8 Responses

Robert A. Bell
Robert A. Bell

June 07, 2016

MY GRANDFATHER WAS A WW2 deceased war hero he passed on in 94 and he had 6 star bronze medals and a purple heart and a good conduct medal if he was still alive I guess youd turn him down to ha

Deborah
Deborah

February 22, 2016

Okay VA, at a time when you are the lowest of the low, you have hit a new low. As a CSM’s wife, my husband earned his VA benefits by deploying to combat zones and seeing action during 8 different combat deployments. He too, has earned 2 bronze stars. These heroes deserve what has been promised them – the guarantee that if they lay their bodies and lives on the line during times of conflict, that our country will pay for those injuries or death. Shame on the VA, shame on the Congress for allowing this continue, shame on those who allowed those in power to hold on to their jobs even after criminal actions on the part of the VA directors.

martina deakins
martina deakins

February 22, 2016

this is so unfair to do to this man who served our country for so many years he dealt with what life dealt him and now the va refuses him why cause he handled so many things for so long and cant no more what a crock i thought the va was to help our patriots when the requested help this is by far not all the va has done to wrong our heroes but they sure can do some improving….that is all i am going to say

Sharon
Sharon

February 22, 2016

I know my husband can’t get because they say 4 yes wasn’t long enough service for them. Really , he served, did what you asked , but that wasn’t enough !

Daniel Cole
Daniel Cole

February 22, 2016

Well, it is disheartening to hear stories such as this. My experience with the VA is nothing like this. An active Marine from 1969 to 1978,I served in several MOS positions, none of which caused an injury, or an award. Still, after 40 years of only using the GI bill as a veteran, I began having some health issues. So, I called the local VA representative, & she provided information of how to receive services. I called the people she suggested, was told to bring my DD 214 and any information regarding my service to their offices, a short 30 minute drive away from my home. I was treated cordially, obtained necessary assistance, and have been under the care of several fine medical professionals at the outpatient clinic and the local VA hospital. I may have just been lucky, but in speaking to other veterans at the treatment centers, all seem to be getting the services they are deserved. Sure hope that this fellow finds some of the good people to help him, but I wonder if in fact he does, and receives the service he deserves, will your organization report on that also? Just more bad news doesn’t help much, it’s just journalistic propaganda, and I have seen my share of that I my life. It doesn’t to appear to do much good in the long run.

Luis DavilaToro
Luis DavilaToro

February 22, 2016

That’s how the VA works. They’ll do anything or find an excuse to deny compensation claims to veterans, sometimes taking years to respond. I am a Marine Corps Veteran that has been waiting for more than 5 years to be compensated. The VA lost my medical records and now they say I need to prove that my injuries were service connected. How can I do that if they were the ones that lost my records. That’s the Dept. Of Veteran Affairs for you, a bunch of no-caring, irresponsible people.

Dave
Dave

February 22, 2016

I understand the government is very picky,but this vet was in WW2 for christ sake all his witness buddys are dead he was treated by medic in the jungle so there are no hospital records ,but he has purple heart award ,official discharge papers and you idiots still don’t believe the poor ole guy was in the military?Shame on you.

Bobbie adams
Bobbie adams

February 22, 2016

Is there a gofund me account. WWll vets have been done sooo wrong

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