Virginia Veterans Rally the Troops, State Leaders in Support of Education Benefits

When this year's high school seniors started applying for scholarships, Stuart McFaden told his son, Riley, he didn't have to worry about finances.

"I paid your bill with my body, my sacrifice, my mind," said McFaden, a Spotsylvania County, Virginia, veteran who served 20 years in the Marine Corps. "I told him to save those scholarships for other kids who could use the leg up."

McFaden is "T&P," or totally and permanently disabled as a result of three combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. The chief warrant officer-3 suffered a traumatic brain injury in a rocket attack and was left with chronic back pain and shoulder injuries. He has post traumatic stress syndrome so acute, he can't sleep in the same bed as his wife, Anastasia, due to violent nightmares.

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