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90-Year-Old Veteran Was Denied Passport Despite Naval Service, Government Job

Back in February 2016, a U.S. Navy veteran who has lived in the country for 90 years was denied a passport because he has no proof of being a U.S. citizen. What makes this situation even crazier is that this happened after he had been working for the U.S. Government in the Department of Agriculture for over 30 years!

Ray Morgan of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, required a passport for a vacation to Canada to celebrate his 90th birthday with his wife. Morgan was born in Iowa in 1926 and his family never got a birth certificate made. While the lack of a proof of birth did not stop the Navy and federal government from employing him, it came in the way of his dream vacation. He had hoped a more reasonable passport worker would use proper discretion.

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A few weeks after giving an interview with a local TV station, Ray’s story went national and when that happened, local politicians got involved. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar helped Ray get his passport and by late March, Ray had the passport he needed to go on his trip.

“Part of our job is to help citizens with their own dreams. And help them get through the red tape,” said Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Ray was very thankful for the help and said his dream vacation with this wife was back on!

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and world traveler with a background in journalism, graphic design, and French pastry. He likes to learn new things whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, folk music and coffee.