The men and women who fight for our freedom face another battle when they return home – getting the medical benefits that they were promised.

Retired Master Sgt. David Lawrence said he came on Fox and Friends as a last resort after waiting nine years for his claims to be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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His claims include heart problems, a bad back from falling from a helicopter, and knee problems from rescue climbing – injuries that happened while serving the country.

Lawrence said his claims were denied by the VA, and he had to go through the appeals process, bringing him back to square one.

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According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, there are more than 685,000 current claims, and more than 395,000 of those claims have been processing for at least 125 days.

When asked if he feels the United States has let him down, Lawrence told Fox and Friends, “I don’t want to say that the country’s letting me down. This is one of the greatest countries in the world, and I stick to the process because I know eventually, I feel, that it will work. But our government has made it so complicated.”

Watch the video above for the full interview.