I joined the Naval Reserve while in High School, and eventually became commissioned in the Reserve Officer Candidate program. After eight years as an enlisted reservist, I qualified as an ST2 (Sonar Technician Second Class) and Ensign at the same time, and entered active duty as an Ensign. I specialized in minewarfare and was assigned to a minesweeper, the USS CONQUEST. I spent three years in the Vietnam area. One-half of my service in Vietnam was spent patrolling the coast from Da Nang to the DMZ on the CONQUEST, searching sampans for war materials and enemy personnel (who were transported to Da Nang via PT boat). The second half of my Vietnam service was spent on the USS Coral Sea as the Assistant Deck Department Officer. I had "boots on the ground" in Vietnam just enough to qualify for Agent Orange benefits. Thus Agent Orange is a matter of personal interest to me as well as to the majority of my clients. After Active duty I commenced another twenty-two years of reserve service, retiring as a Navy Captain. I was a recipient of VA medical care after active duty just enough to become familiar with the health services provided by the VA and to decide that civilian health care would be highly preferable. I belonged to numerous patriotic and service organizations after active duty, and was active in the Naval Reserve in various Command and Staff positions. As an attorney member of service organizations and the Naval Reserve, it was natural that fellow-members would seek me out for legal advice, including problems with the VA. Also, I owned a lawfirm in California for thirty-five years, much of that time being devoted to retirement and financial matters for seniors, at times having to advise them as to their VA rights. It was only in 2007 that the VA opened the right for claimants to retain attorneys from the time of filing their Notice of Disagreement. This was a tremendous help to claimants, many of whom had ruined any chance of recovery on their claims by the time the case moved into the court system. I started the firm "Veteran Claim Appeals" to assist veterans who wanted to take advantage of this new opportunity to receive legal assistance. I have a special interest in assisting Vietnam veterans with their Agent Orange and PTSD claims, most of which are denied by the VA at the Regional Office level. Nonetheless, whatever your war or injury, I will give your claim the personal, concerned attention it deserves.
Newly Minted Ensign
Parading Deck Dept.
PT boat taking suspect from sampan into Da Nang
Replenishment at Sea
Riding Local Transportation
Self, wife and daughter and friend at Disney World 2009
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