Veteran granted benefits after more than 50 years of denials

Created: 06/19/2014 1:01 PM
By: Jennifer Oravet, WSFA

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) -- A Korean War veteran's 56-year struggle for Veterans Affairs benefits is finally over.

Willie McCall, 85, suffers from debilitating, combat-related health issues and was essentially forgotten by the federal government. Before totally giving up on his VA benefits, McCall's nephew, Freddie Porterfield, contacted NBC affiliate WSFA.

McCall says 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. He walks with a cane and has special orthotic shoes.

Despite multiple diagnoses, he was denied VA benefits. His denials go back to the late 1950s.

Read more: WSFA

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