Veterans struggle with benefit claims thanks to missing war records
By Pro Publica
Monday, November 12, 2012 8:42 EST
by Peter Sleeth, Special to ProPublica, and Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times
A strange thing happened when Christopher DeLara filed for disability
benefits after his tour in Iraq: The U.S. Army said it had no records showing
he had ever been overseas.
DeLara had searing memories of his combat experiences. A friend bled to
death before his eyes. He saw an insurgent shoot his commander in the head.
And, most hauntingly, he recalled firing at an Iraqi boy who had attacked his
The Army said it could find no field records documenting any of these incidents.