Alabama veteran granted VA benefits after more than 50 years of - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Alabama veteran granted VA benefits after more than 50 years of denials

Posted: Updated:
Willie McCall, 85, suffers from debilitating, combat-related health issues. Willie McCall, 85, suffers from debilitating, combat-related health issues.
Several weeks of calls, forms and multiple emails later, the VA granted McCall's benefits and gave him more than $100,000 in back pay. Several weeks of calls, forms and multiple emails later, the VA granted McCall's benefits and gave him more than $100,000 in back pay.
MONTGOMERY, AL (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 the 12 News Defenders.

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 '50s.

Recent documents show the VA sent McCall to a doctor to assess his condition before the latest hearing. Despite the doctor's written order confirming the combat wounds, the VA didn't consider that document and denied benefits again.

WSFA 12 News took the problem to the Central Alabama VA. Several weeks of calls, forms, and multiple emails later, the VA granted McCall's benefits. The VA also gave the veteran more than $100,000 in back pay.

The good news doesn't end there. The VA set up more appointments for potential compensation for health claims.

WSFA 12 News received a statement Wednesday afternoon from the director of the VA regional office confirming McCall's benefits had been granted due to the diagnosis that wasn't considered during McCall's latest hearing.

Had the decision not been reversed, McCall was set to wait on an appeal for another year and a half.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:31:26 GMT
    According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later Tuesday night.More >>
    An area of Gulfport still reeling from the brutal murder of a child last week was hit with another violent death Tuesday night. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later.More >>
  • Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.More >>
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.More >>
  • Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:44:17 GMT
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.