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It’s amazing that America continues to treat the men and women who fought for our freedom like dirt. At least former Staff Sgt. Ryan Hallberg finally got a break — but it took four years! In 2006, Hallberg was a gunner in a Humvee riding in a convoy from Fallujah to Baghdad when a bomb exploded under

his vehicle. One soldier died, and two others were critically injured. The blast shattered both of Hallberg’s legs. He was taken to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where he underwent several surgeries and rehabilitation but his right leg had suffered significant nerve damage and it was amputated in 2008. But despite the loss of his leg, the Army twice denied him a $50,000 insurance payment because he could not provide enough medical information that, as they put it, “demonstrates the extent of your loss.” But after fighting the system, the Army finally reversed its decision and will make the payment. But it’s still not all roses and candy. A second $50,000 payment through a program called Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance was denied because paperwork from one of his visits to Walter Reed was misplaced!! The second claim was for a period after the blast when Hallberg was unable to perform daily functions such as dressing himself or going to the bathroom. (The Star Tribune)

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