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Joel Klobnak, 24, hugs his daughter, Grace, 3, outside his Greenfield home.  He lost his leg and developed PTSD during a tour of Iraq with the Marines in 2006.  He's now caught in bureaucratic red tape that has forced him to wait two years to find out if he qualifies for full disability.  His frustrations are part of a national scandal over delays in the VA's system for determining who deserves disability pay for their wartime injuries and mental issues. Klobnak is trying to support a family of four on the $1,500 per month the VA is sending him for partial disability while his appeal is pending.

Joel Klobnak, 24, hugs his daughter, Grace, 3, outside his Greenfield home. He lost his leg and developed PTSD during a tour of Iraq with the Marines in 2006. He's now caught in bureaucratic red tape that has forced him to wait two years to find out if he qualifies for full disability. His frustrations are part of a national scandal over delays in the VA's system for determining who deserves disability pay for their wartime injuries and mental issues. Klobnak is trying to support a family...
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