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By LINDSAY WISE Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
Oct. 12, 2009, 11:22PM
For more than 60 years, William J. Maxson avoided talking about his experiences as an Army private first class in Europe during World War II.
It wasn't until the 91-year-old veteran from Tomball met with a psychiatrist last year that his memories of combat between 1944 and 1946 started bubbling to the surface. Now the stories gush out of him, like a dam breaking.
“This poor fellow, shrapnel hit him in the leg, and there was still live ammunition in there, and they had to try to get the thing out so it wouldn't explode,” Maxson recalled. “The poor fellow was just out of his mind. It was terrible, just terrible.” Read the entire story here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6664382.html
I have a hard time understanding how the VA can get away with things like this but from personal experience after contacting my congressman a few years ago to help with my claim I can honestly say the government turns a blind eye when it comes to veterans seeking medical help. Along with the letter I mailed to the congressman I also enclosed the denial letter from the VA. The letter I got back from the congressman included a letter from the VA stating I had never filed a claim and told me if they could be of any futher assistance to please contact them.
If I had never filed a claim how would I have been able to see a copy of the denial letter along with my request for their help? Things like this really make you wonder what will happen with the new soon to be veterans being injuried in the wars we are in now.