WASHINGTON 
Ringing ears remind Texas resident Roger L. Perales of the war that’s still within him.
Sixteen months in Vietnam as an infantryman and helicopter door gunner with the 101st Airborne Division left other bruises, as well. Doctors diagnosed the 67-year-old San Antonio native with post-traumatic stress disorder. He has diabetes and hypertension, deemed to be service-connected
Perales also now has a favorable new ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims that offers him a fresh shot at boosting his benefits. Years in the making, this latest plot twist further shakes up an appeal that Perales says he hadn’t originally even planned to pursue.
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