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They gave so much for us and many died, so it’s frustrating to think about any veteran not getting the benefits they’re owed; the benefits they fought for!

It’s a sad reality and many just don’t know about the benefits out there.

Elvin Littlejohn can tell you all about it.

“For a long time, I wouldn’t say a word about it," Littlejohn said. "I wouldn’t talk about it at all."

Littlejohn is 92 now. What he wouldn’t talk about was what would go down as one of the worst battles in history.

“Six-hundred-thousand was in the Battle of the Bulge -- 500,000 Germans, 55,000 from England," Littlejohn recalled. "That’s over 1 million and one little battle."

Mr. Littlejohn was a tank commander and by the age of 23 he’d seen and done things no one should ever have to do.

“Nineteen-thousand got killed in three weeks,” he said.

But there was another battle and it was one he started at the age of 88. This one was a battle over of benefits. It lasted four years and in some ways was just as ugly. Littlejohn said he got the “run around” and was sent to doctors.

“I guess they wanted to know if I was crazy," he said. "I was after I got out of there."

He needed veterans benefits. Right now it’s just Mr. Littlejohn and his daughter. He lost his wife and other daughter.

Then, one day he went to a veterans conference where attorney Anthony Bradley was speaking.

“Told him my situation and he said I think I can help you,” Littlejohn said.

After filling out a few papers and signing on a couple of dotted lines, he got his benefits.

“Two weeks later he received his award letter saying that he was receiving maximum benefits,” Bradley said.

The award letter stated he will receive $21,000 a year tax free.

“It spends pretty good,” Littlejohn said.

They applied for the non-service connected disability pension, something studies show only 36 percent of vets know about. It’s available to most disabled vets.

“People are told, 'Well you have too much in assets,' or 'You have too much income,'" Bradley said. "But they’re not told there’s a way to solve these riddles."

Mr. Littlejohn solved his with a little help. And this story has a happy ending.

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