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MOBILE, Ala. - The Department of Veterans Affairs has reversed earlier rulings and granted a rare disability claim by a veteran who says he suffered long-term emotional problems after being waterboarded during a Navy survival course in April 1975.
The Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of Arthur McCants III, 60, of Eight Mile following a series of stories in the Press-Register, dating back to Dec. 2, about McCants' case.
Steve Westerfeld, a VA spokesman in Washington, confirmed the appeal ruling in a phone interview this week and said that VA officials considered information in the articles as well as testimony from veterans who responded to the stories and described their waterboardings at the survival school in California.
"I'm happy. ... I feel a whole lot better," McCants said Tuesday. He said he is scheduled to undergo eight weeks of post-traumatic stress disorder counseling in a dormitory setting at VA facilities in Biloxi, Miss., starting next week. He will also get free medication.
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