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Veteran’s widow gets benefits with help of Senator – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-07-29 22:11:45 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — Men and women working in the military can expect a country where they have stepped up to serve to take care of them later in life. KGUN9 On Your Side tells us that a veteran widow of World War II will have a safer future after the US Senator intervenes to ensure that her husband’s profits are received.

Gilbert Williams performed some tough and dangerous missions in World War II. He was with the Navy Seabee and was a construction battalion that made something to help the Americans fight — and often made them while the enemy was shooting them.

He helped build the key to D-Day’s success. Codenamed Mulberry was towed to protect the ship from the rugged waters of the English Channel, delivering people and machines to defeat Nazi Germany.

After Gilbert Williams died five years ago. His son, Gilbert Williams III, learned that his mother was eligible to be paid for a veteran survivor.

The application was completed in April last year, and it will take a couple of months.

July, August and September have passed.

He spoke to the Department of Veterans Affairs. “The woman probably said by October. So I’ll call her again in October. Nothing. Maybe next month. So January has come.”

He says the application was so old by this time that he had to start over. More time has passed.

Williams says he had his father’s service record and there was no doubt he was qualified, but VA still wanted to confirm with the Navy.

Then he thought maybe he could help because Senator Mark Kelly is a veteran of the Navy.

“And within a month. I came back from them and by May I received a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating that she was qualified.”

Kelly met Williams after securing her mother’s allowance. He says that not only is the money secured, but there will be retroactive payments that cover all the time since the application began.

Gilbert Williams says he’s not angry with the veterans issue, but he’s happy a year after Senator Kelly and his staff were able to unleash things.

“It was good overall. It was good for her and for us, and we are very grateful to the Senator and his staff for their help.”



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