Vallarta Living | Veteran Affairs | April 2008
|The Military Order - a Unique Veterans Organization|
David Lord - PVNN
The Military Order is not a large Veterans organization but it is unique, the members were warriors wounded in combat. The honor and respect between the men and women in the Military Order is deep, and we have come together to serve, to learn and to better aid those who have given to a nation through military service.
|The honor and respect between the men and women in the Military Order is deep, and we have come together to serve, to learn and to better aid those who have given to a nation through military service.|
One example is Doctor Lee, a colonel in the army from the Iraq War, serving as a doctor in a MASH unit in Iraq. Dr. Lee was wounded by an I.E.D. explosion that caused severe head trauma, an injury that nearly took his life.
During his presentation, Dr. Lee shared the facts about Combat Stress Syndrome, the new designation for the condition that occurs from having been exposed to explosive concussion and the stress of battle. (It is a pre-condition to the bolder condition of P.T.S.D.)
His presentation lasted only forty minutes, but during each moment of it, I was immersed in combat again, the gruesome reality returned, what happens to the physical body of a soldier or marine that has been hit by some instrument of war, barely kept alive, this Iraq War provides the medical miracles to keep men and women alive, never before possible in any other war in history.
The video screen is my portal back into time, his medical photos of the war wounded is presented as matter as factly as possible for training purposes. I feel each soldiers pain, I know the fear within each of these survivors.
It serves to reminds me why I do what I do for veterans. As National Service Officer for The Military Order of the Purple Heart, I am committed to serve all veterans and their dependents that I come in contact with in Mexico and Latin America.
One of my cases is being taken up by the National Veterans Legal Defense Program, which may set the president for tens of thousands of Viet Nam veterans with hypertension secondary to P.T.S.D. It will gain benefits on a national level and I am very happy to be instrumental in getting the veteran to the right organization to carry the fight. It will be a major case for veterans, and grant presumption of claim and benefits to many thousands of U.S. Veterans across the world at a higher level of compensation.
The very best news each year is passing the test that determines my accreditation for the upcoming year by the Department of Veterans Affairs. I am very isolated here in Mexico from the everyday actions of the V.A. Regional Office where all other N.S.O.'s go to work each day.
I have the best of both worlds as far as my work goes. After all, Puerto Vallarta is so beautiful and I am free to work at my own direction, (being a volunteer), not having to run cases at the crushing pace that is forced on most N.S.O.'s in America.
However, it is hard not being in position to take up opportunity to attend training as other N.S.O.'s do for all types of compensation and pension matters. So when it comes time to take a written exam on all the new regulations I am understandably a little timid. This year I placed third in Region 5 on the exam, needless to say I am delighted at the score. I return next week from training to better serve you veterans.
David Lord served in Vietnam as combat Marine for 1st Battalion 26th Marines, during which time he was severely wounded. He received the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation for his actions during the war in Vietnam. In Mexico, David now represents all veterans south of the U.S. border all the way to Panama, before the V.A. and the Board of Veterans Appeals. David Lord provides service to veterans at no fee. Veterans are welcome to drop in and discuss claims/benefits to which they are entitled by law at his office located at Bayside Properties, 160 Francisca Rodriguez, call him on his cell: 044 (322) 205-1323, or email him at david.lord(at)yahoo.com.
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