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WWII Veteran’s Widow Receives Long-Overdue VA Benefits

July 10, 2017

Paul Pirlot, state director of the VFW Detroit Service Office in Michigan, knew the best way to honor extraordinary WWII veteran Adelore Palmiter after his passing was by making sure his widow, Wilma Palmiter, was well cared for in the years following. “Mr. Palmiter was a patient at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System when we first got in touch with him. We realized he had never filed a VA claim, even though he was eligible for benefits as a WWII veteran,” explained Pirlot. At the time of his death, Adelore Palmiter was one of only 22 survivors of one of the worst naval disasters in U.S. history. He was only 18 years old when his ship, the USS Indianapolis, departed San Francisco for Tinian Island. Two weeks later, a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea torpedoed the vessel.


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