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A Duluth veteran who was injured while serving in the Air Force has received a check for more than $100,000 from the Veterans Administration to cover disability pay that initially was denied because of missing paperwork, county officials reported...

A Duluth veteran who was injured while serving in the Air Force has received a check for more than $100,000 from the Veterans Administration to cover disability pay that initially was denied because of missing paperwork, county officials reported this week.

The man - who officials said asked not to be identified - served six years in the Air Force, ending in 2005, and during that time sustained a back injury that caused permanent mobility issues. He worked with St. Louis County Veterans Service Officer Scott Pauly to find and complete the required paperwork.

The check for $102,806 in retroactive pay was sent to him last month.

"In one sense, we celebrate when we can help a veteran receive such a large amount of money," St. Louis County Veterans Service Director Sherry Rodriguez said in a news release. "But it's also a sobering reminder of the long-term effects of injuries some of our service men and women endure because of their service to our country."

Veterans are encouraged to contact the office to discuss benefits they have earned but may not be receiving, even if they've been denied in the past.

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To learn more, go to stlouiscountymn.gov/veterans , or call one of the Veterans Service Office locations:

  • Duluth: (218) 725-5285

  • Virginia: (218) 749-7110

  • Hibbing: (218) 262-6090

  • Ely: (218) 365-8203

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