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COLLINS — A man walked into a nursing home for military veterans two days before Christmas, picked up Jerry Holliman’s legs and left.
Holliman, 69, had hopes of moving back to his home in Hattiesburg and returning to an independent lifestyle with his new prosthetic legs.
Then they were repossessed.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wouldn’t pay for his prosthetic legs, Holliman said, and Medicare wanted him on the hook for co-pays. As Holliman tried to navigate what felt like a maze of paperwork, it felt like his country was forgetting him.
“Medicare did not send me to Vietnam,” Holliman said. “I was sent there by my country… with the understanding that if something bad happened to me, that it would be covered by the VA.”