Veteran resource agencies offer benefit and paperwork assistance to local veterans at Radford

Vets say it's difficult for them to get their benefits with all the paperwork they go through

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By Eamon O’Meara

When veterans return home from war they can suffer from physical injuries or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and one of the biggest fights can be getting the help they need.

Vietnam Veteran Doug Douglas served nearly two years overseas.

Now, back home, he’s dealing with leg braces, a bad lung and cancer.

He explained, “It will flare up again and there’s nothing to stop it from coming back. It is associated with Agent Orange.”

For 30 years, he and his wife, Bev, have been trying to get his military benefits to help the medical costs.

“They say they’ve lost my records at times, so they have not been able to treat me,” Doug said. “This is something I’ve been fighting for a number of years.”

Bev added, “When I need antibiotics, I go through our civilian doctors because trying to get through the VA for an emergency, something keeps hanging up somewhere.”

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