A 90-year-old World War II veteran is playing a long game with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

When Troy Shakles was in the Navy, he served in the pacific theater of war, now he’s based out of Elgin facing a different struggle: trying to qualify for benefits he says he earned some 70 years ago.

Shakles is a determined man. At home in Elgin, he walks a track every day determined to stay active, he’s also determined to get the medical benefits he feels are due from the VA.

“I got letters to the President, the Speaker, and the state because we vets are denied our rights,” he said.

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