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Being a Veteran isn’t Always Happy – Final Part 4

Beyond the Rhetoric

Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow | 12/19/2019, 9:54 a.m.

and a local prosecutor to take on his case as a family favor. They crafted their case by proving

that before James went into the military, he was mentally fit but when he returned, he was

mentally impaired by way of PTSD. Thus, he was entitled to receiving disability.

Believe it or not after two years of deposing experts and explaining his life story, the Veterans

Administration settled the case. James was awarded 100% disability for life. He would be paid

100% of his salary at the time of his discharge. All military benefits such as free medical care

would be due him for life. Mr. James Crawford started becoming a legend amongst the local

veterans in the Los Angeles area. He and his niece started offering consulting for those with

PTSD as a result of military experience.

For the rest of his life, James was a happy person who was at peace with everything around him.

The Marines made him crazy and he proved it in a court of law. He became an avid golfer with

all the spare time he now had. Every now and then he would have a relapse and lose his temper.

Whenever he would be on the verge of having trouble with any law enforcement officer, he

would present his 100% disability certificate and that would keep him out of legal problems.

Growing up we all thought James was wild and wacky. In the end, we all figured he was genius

amongst common people. There aren’t many veterans who have suffered mental challenges like

PTSD and find a way to overcome it. When James died five years ago, we all realized the genius

mind he possessed and admired how he overcame the challenges before him that were created

through adverse military experience. Not many veterans can claim that. He died in his sleep

with a smile on his face.

Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®.

Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of the Chamber. Website:

www.nationalbcc.org Emails: halford@nationalbcc.org kdebow@nationalbcc.org