Sevier County veteran gets passport after birth certificate mix

Sevier County veteran gets passport after birth certificate mix up

6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A World War II veteran will get his passport after a mistake on his birth certificate held-up the process.

Previous story: Sevier County veteran denied passport because of birth certificate mistake

Craig Ruppert says the problem was that his birth certificate listed his first name as Ernest. Apparently the doctor accidentally put down his own first name.

Ruppert says when he contacted 6 News, it did not take long for the ball to get rolling.

He says he was contacted Wednesday morning to tell him his new passport is in the mail.

"Ten days ago I had no hope for my passport until I got ahold of you people at Channel 6," he said.

Ruppert says the problem arose when he was planning a fishing trip to Canada with his sons--a place they went nearly 5 decades ago.

"I was hoping we'd go because I'm 88 years old and I figure I won't have too many years," he said.

Because of a mix up by the doctor when Ruppert was born, his name and the name on his birth certificate do not match up, and he was denied a passport because of it.

"I've outlived all my relation. I've outlived everybody I grew up with and there's no place to go to find out what happened to you 88 years ago," he said.

6 News got in touch with Congressman Phil Roe's office, who took matters into their own hands.

For the past several days they have been in contact with the veteran, updating him on their efforts to help.

Wednesday he got the news he wanted to hear: The passport was approved, and the fishing trip is back on schedule.

"I appreciate all he help that you people did. I'm going to say you stick to your slogan 6 On Your Side. And you're on it," he said.

Ruppert says he plans to take that trip up to Canada to go fishing with his sons the last week of June.

He expects his passport to arrive by the end of the week.
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