Discharge papers, names of foxhole companions, a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars were not enough proof for the VA to pay benefits to a WWII veteran in his 90’s.
His name is Emil Limpert, and while serving in the Philipines in 1944, he was injured when a grenade hit a foxhole he shared with 4 other men, two of whom died.
Now down to his last dollars, Limpert is looking to the VA for help. Unfortunately the VA isn’t sold that he actually served. They want affidavits from those who served with them and the name of the hospital he was treated at.
The problem with that is most who served with him are now dead and there was no hospital he was treated at in the Philipines, due to his location in the jungle. All of Limperts records are reported to have been lost in a major fire in Overland, Missouri, in 1973 which destroyed millions of filed.
“I guess I’m the unknown soldier.” Limpert says.
From Fox News:
The Veterans Affairs Department refuses to pay benefits to a World War II vet in his 90s who was wounded in combat and earned a Purple Heart.
Fox 2 Now in St. Louis reports that after Emil Limpert submitted an application for benefits to the Department of Veterans Affairs he was told he needed to provide more proof that he was in the military.
“I get this letter that says we can’t accept it because we’ve got no record of you being in the service,” he told the station. “I guess I’m the unknown soldier.”
He was wounded in a foxhole in the Philippines in 1944.
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