05 Mar '17, 2am

Grandmother fighting for veterans benefits as she raises orphaned child - Veterans

Grandmother fighting for veterans benefits as she raises orphaned child - Veterans

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — Bella Bulmer’s dad died in his Army barracks, killed by a stranger. Her mother, Beth Bulmer, died almost exactly eight years later on a dark Tulare County road in California, the victim of a still-unsolved hit-and-run. Now, the 55-year-old grandmother who’s raising Bella in California fights for veterans benefits while she hopes for a break in the case that haunts her. “Bella is always asking me why she had to lose mommy and daddy,” said Anita Langdon, a Clovis-area resident who is Beth’s mother and Bella’s grandmother. “It is so difficult to explain to an 8-year-old.” Different mysteries cloud the deaths of each of Bella’s parents. An Army court-martial, and eventual guilty plea, determined her father’s killer to be a fellow soldier, George D.B. MacDonald. Precisely why McDonald attacked the 23-year-old Rick Bulmer at Fort Benning, Ga.,...

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