Alabama veteran granted VA benefits after more than 50 years of - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

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.

  • WSFA 12 News DefendersMore>>

  • Food for Thought: Seafood restaurant violates health code

    Food for Thought: Seafood restaurant violates health code

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:20 AM EDT2014-08-15 10:20:17 GMT
    Dining out? Check out this week's food inspection scores.
    Dining out? Check out this week's food inspection scores.
  • 12 News Defenders: The Ugliest Roads in Montgomery

    12 News Defenders: The Ugliest Roads in Montgomery

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-05-07 02:19:43 GMT
    Are you tired of bumpy... Poorly patched roads? they can damage your car... Not to mention... Pride in your community. So tonight, the 12 news defenders are on pavement patrol. We asked you to tell us...
    Are you tired of bumpy, poorly patched roads? The 12 News Defenders went to the city to find out when Montgomery's ugliest roads will be re-paved. Check out the list here.
  • Ways to find help while battling depression

    Ways to find help while battling depression

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-08-13 02:06:47 GMT
    (Source: MGN)(Source: MGN)
    With the recent death of actor Robin Williams, suicide and depression has resurfaced a major topic of discussion.  If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression or is having thoughts of suicide,
    With the recent death of actor Robin Williams, suicide and depression has resurfaced a major topic of discussion.
Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

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