Native American Veterans Fight VA and Lose

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It seems like a little black cloud forms over the heads of those that fight the bureaucracy. Andy Torres, an Oglala Lakota veteran, discovered that.

Torres served with honor in the United States Army from 1961 to 1964. After his honorable discharge he joined the South Dakota Army National Guard. He served 19 years and was just one year away from the required 20 years in order to retire when his life began to unravel.

That is when the comedy of errors began. While working at his sister’s house on his day off from his job, he fell from a porch and badly injured his leg. He reported to the Veteran’s Hospital at Fort Meade in Sturgis, SD and underwent arthroscopic surgery. The first operation failed to solve the problem


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