An Alabama veteran is finally receiving over $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It took him 56 years.
Korean War veteran Willie McCall, 85, experiences debilitating, combat-related health issues, WSFA-TV reports.
He has special orthotic shoes and uses a cane to walk after suffering from severe frostbite, jungle rot and circulation issues from his time fighting in 40-below temperatures during the Korean War.
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, McCall served as an assistant gunner in the Army Infantry in 1952 and left as a corporal. He was given the U.S. Army Combat Infantryman’s badge and the Korean Service Medal.
Since 1959, McCall has pleaded with the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) for compensation for injury compensation and medical treatment.
Despite having been diagnosed multiple times by doctors, the VA had denied McCall benefits for 56 years, WSFA reports.
In a statement to the Montgomery news station, a VA official said that McCall’s benefits have finally been granted due to a diagnosis that was disregarded during McCall’s most recent hearing. The veteran was also given more than $100,000 in back pay and more appointments for potential compensation for health claims have been set up by the VA.