Armless veteran and G.I. red tape, 1951
Caption slip reads: "Photographer: Emery. Date: 1951-09-08. Assignment: Armless veteran & wife destitute in official red tape tangle. 44, 45 and 48: Sitting on back steps of his parents' home at 4857 Graywood Ave., Lakewood, trying to figure out their red-ink financial problem, are Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Ropczycki Jr. Mortar shell blasted away both his arms in Korea last Nov. 2. His wife, Patsy Jo, expects baby in February. Yet red tape continues to hold up his disability compensation and debts are making his life a nightmare. 49: 'Mike' talks it over with his father, Navy veteran and Navy Net Depot rigger, who is waiting 'momentarily' arrival of order calling him into active service in Navy".