Some say that it is a long fight when trying to get disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. For one soldier, it took almost 70 years to finally win that fight. Tech Sergeant Stanley Friedman served during World War II, but he hadn't kept records of his military career nor his medical records for that time period. Without these records the Department of Veterans Affairs would not approve his application for benefits.
In 2009 the law office of DLA Piper in San Diego heard about Mr. Friedman's case from a law school in Chicago. The firm decided to take the case pro bono. It took two years after taking the case to find the information they needed to support Mr. Friedman's application for benefits. The main difficulty arose from the records of Army Air Corps members being archived by the Air Force, not the Army. 350 hours of research later, and 800 pages of documentation, the application was submitted. While it was initially approved for 50 percent of benefits, it took additional paperwork by the law firm to secure his payments at 70 percent.
Today, Mr. Friedman is receiving PTSD treatment, alongside some other World War II veterans, as well as those from Iraq and Afghanistan. He states he is a new man after winning his battle for compensation, and after receiving treatment for the PTSD.
Read more about this story of perseverance from the LA Times here: World War II vet, 92, wins PTSD disability benefits