Seeking Disability Treatment, Iraq War Veterans, Distinguished Service Cross

April 04, 2021

4 Minutes With LHFV: 4/6/2021

This week, Veterans Attorney Jim Fausone joins us on 4 Minutes With LHFV to discuss: Why it is imperative to seek disability treatment while attempting to service-connect a disability claim with VA; a previous Veterans Radio Podcast featuring two Iraq War Veterans and their shared experiences with post-traumatic stress; and the Distinguished Service Cross, its recipients, and why it is important to honor our awarded military heroes.

Seeking Disability Treatment

Last week, we discussed the need for a Medical Diagnosis for your disability claim, this week we will discuss the need for disability treatment. The importance of seeking disability treatment relies on the confirmation it gives to VA. Seeking disability treatment shows VA that this claim is worthy of a disability rating or service connection. But it also lays the groundwork for medical records that will be obtained and used on your behalf.

We encourage all veterans to seek treatment for their disability or injury. Some folks may not have the insurance available, time, or money to pay their copay. If that is the case, some creativity may be necessary; visit a private physician, free clinic, or public health clinic. It is important to remember, we need to take care of ourselves physically and mentally, especially during the VA disability claim process.

Seeking treatment can help you obtain a service connection and generally helps you move up the rating scale to make sure you are properly rated due to the severity of your disability.

Veterans Radio Podcasts – Two Iraq War Veterans

As always, Legal Help For Veterans, PLLC is the host of Veterans Radio Podcasts. For the past 17 years, Veterans Radio has shined a light on the forgotten and untold stories of our nation’s heroic servicemembers.

Recently, Veterans Radio Podcast Host Jim Fausone interviewed two Iraq War Veterans, Abby Malchow and Laura Colbert. While it may seem like these two are on their own paths, one similarity between them is their service in Iraq.

Abby Malchow is a 19-year Navy service member and currently Amazon’s Global Military Affairs program manager. Abby talks about Amazon’s involvement with helping military and veteran families in the B2B and consumer selling landscapes. Abby goes on to discuss her Navy service in Iraq, post-traumatic stress issues, and the ongoing transition in her life. Adding to Abby’s already impressive list of accomplishments, she was also recently selected by Veterans Affairs as a 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazer.

Laura Colbert is the daughter of a Vietnam War Military Police officer and sister to an Army Infantry Medic. She joined the Army National Guard as an MP in 2001 during college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, later receiving an Honorable Discharge in 2009. She served 16 months on active duty and spent over a year in Baghdad, Iraq. Laura is now a middle school principal, and has recently authored a book: Sirens: How to Pee Standing Up – An Alarming Memoir of Combat and Coming Back Home.

Home of Heroes – Distinguished Service Cross

We have shared many heroic stories from previous wars and conflicts, all courtesy of Home of Heroes. This week, we wanted to share about Home of Heroes’ expansive database of Distinguished Service Cross recipients.

While the Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest military honor, the Distinguished Service Cross is the second-highest decoration to be awarded by the U.S. Army. While the Distinguished Service Cross is the Army’s second-highest award, there is also the Navy Cross, and Air Force Cross to recognize our Navy and Aviation servicemembers.

We want to remind our listeners that all award recipients, whether Medal of Honor, Service Cross, or Silver Star, should be honored and remembered as the heroes they are.

Learn more about the Distinguished Service Cross

Veterans Disability Law Firm | Legal Help For Veterans, PLLC

We will be back next Tuesday with another episode of 4 Minutes With LHFV and more topics to discuss. Until then, if you need assistance with a VA Disability Claim or Appeal, contact Legal Help For Veterans, PLLC online or by phone at (800) 693-4800. If you want to hear Veterans Attorney Jim Fausone discuss other relevant topics in the world of VA, send us an Email!

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