- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Montgomery television station reports that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is giving an Alabama veteran more than $100,000 after the serviceman’s 56-year struggle to get benefits.

Korean War veteran Willie McCall, 85, suffers from debilitating, combat-related health issues, WSFA-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1qvJc2K ).

During his time as a rifleman during the Korean conflict, the weather was so cold it left him with frostbite, jungle rot and circulation issues, McCall said.

The Montgomery station reports that despite multiple diagnoses, McCall was denied VA benefits and those denials date back to the late 1950s.

A VA official said in a statement to WSFA that McCall’s benefits have finally been granted due to a diagnosis that wasn’t considered during the veteran’s most recent hearing.

The decision came after several weeks of calls, forms and multiple emails, and the VA granted McCall’s benefits request and gave him more than $100,000 in back pay, WSFA reported.

The VA also set up more appointments for potential compensation for health claims, the Montgomery station reported.

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Information from: WSFA-TV, http://www.wsfa.com/

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