Vet’s denied claim granted 10 years later — for $500,000

By Leo Shane III Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — The first time the Vietnam veteran filed his disability claim, he got nothing. The second time, he got nearly $500,000. “It was certainly a surprise,” said the veteran, who asked to remain anonymous because of his recent windfall. “I went ahead and paid off a bunch of overdue bills. I feel like I won’t have to worry about money from now on.” The 66-year-old’s story is unusual but not unheard of, according to veterans advocates. And it speaks to the overwhelming nature of the veterans benefits system, which has come under increased scrutiny in recent months. Read Full Article Here