MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A Montgomery TV station reports that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is giving an Alabama veteran more than $100,000 after his 56-year struggle to get benefits.

Korean War veteran Willie McCall, 85, suffers from debilitating, combat-related health issues.

During his time as a rifleman during the Korean conflict, the weather was so cold it left him with frostbite, jungle rot and circulation issues, McCall said.

The Montgomery news station said that despite multiple diagnoses, McCall was denied VA benefits dating back to the late 1950s.

A VA official said McCall’s benefits have finally been granted due to a diagnosis that wasn’t considered during the veteran’s most recent hearing.