Stanley Friedman was shot at. The ship he was on was attacked by enemy bombers. He saw a landmine blow apart a truck carrying two dozen of his fellow soldiers. One of them died in his arms.
But after he came home from World War II, he found himself embroiled in another battle — this time, with the Veterans Administration, as he tried to get his benefits.
In the decades that followed the war, Friedman suffered from anxiety, depression and nightmares which lasted his entire life, affecting his job and his family.
Yet, as he sought treatment and benefits, the Veterans Administration told him the military records documenting his service couldn’t be found. Despite the fact Friedman knew very specific details of the dates and places he experienced the most traumatic events, there was no proof, so he wasn’t entitled to benefits, the VA said.