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The thousands of U.S. military personnel and private contractors, whose health was compromised from the dense black smoke of burn pits and then denied proper treatment, may finally be vindicated with a recent court ruling.
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Honored to have hosted the North Shore Veterans Collaborative tonight. Thank you to the North Andover Senior Center for providing space and Stachey’s pizza for supporting this event. Great turn out tonight.

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Massachusetts VFW State Service Office:
When a young person raises their right hand taking the oath of enlistment to serve in the U.S. Military, he or she will...ingly accepts the inherent risks associated with defending our country. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are trained to fight our nation’s enemies under adverse conditions in any environment. After leaving the military, however, these veterans are much less prepared to fight for benefits earned while serving during an overseas campaign. Fortunately, due to the steadfast support of the men and women of the VFW in Massachusetts and across the country, these veterans know that they will not be fighting this battle alone. VFW State Service Officers are staunch advocates for veterans seeking advice relative to managing the byzantine process of accessing VA benefits. Any veterans, regardless of service, stateside or overseas, members or not, can seek assistance from the VFW.

Delray Dorsey is the State Service Officer for Massachusetts and a Gulf War Navy veteran. He understands the frustration felt by campaign veterans seeking help with the VA and his staff is specifically trained to handle federal claims on their behalf. “They come into the office looking for guidance and from start to finish, we are working with that veteran,” said Dorsey from his office on the 15th floor of the JFK Federal Building in downtown Boston. “We help them wade through the bureaucratic red tape and whatever resources that the veteran needs, we help provide it,” said Dorsey, who also serves as Post Commander for VFW Post 1399 In Weymouth, Mass.

A certified EMT, Dorsey possesses a granular understanding of the medical nuances related to many VA claims. As well, his assistant Leah LaPointe is a paralegal and brings her expertise to her role as claims consultant and office manager. She has served in this position for seven years. Dorsey describes Lapointe as the ‘backbone of the office.’
I enjoy helping people,” said LaPointe with a bright smile.
“You aren’t going to get rich doing this job and you have to want to help someone, who better than someone who served our country? asked the Jamaica Plain native. Certain cases take years to resolve and if the outcome is favorable to the veteran, LaPointe shares their sense of relief.
“We do the research, take the time and intervene when we need to,” said Lapointe whose father and husband are both veterans.

“I have had the unique experience of telling someone good news and they cry, then I cry” she laughed. “It’s extremely rewarding,” she added.
Both Dorsey and Lapointe, armed with their respective medical and legal expertise, comprise a strong team representing the Boston VFW office.
“When a veteran comes in for help with a claim, they are never handed a packet of paperwork to fill out. We manage the paperwork and the only thing they leave here with is a handshake, a business card and a smile,” he said.
Veterans are encouraged to contact Delray at delray.dorsey@va.gov and Leah at leah.lapointe@va.gov or call 617-303-5689 for assistance with VA related claims.
“Our door is always open,” said Dorsey.
The Boston VFW office is located at the JFK Federal Building Suite 1500C, Boston Ma. 02203 #vfwstrong #vfw #vfwpostpride
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Edward Dargan passed away 2018-1-27 in North Andover, Massachusetts. This is the full obituary story where you can express condolences and share memories. Services by CONTE FUNERAL HOME.
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He does not have any legs, but it did not stop him from finishing this spartan race (Spartan LIVE).
His name is Kacey McCallister.
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Active military, Reserve and National Guard members will be paid on time for pay entitlements earned Jan. 19 or earlier. Military members cannot be paid for dut...y performed after the expiration of the Continuing Resolution Authority on Jan. 19. Once a CRA or another appropriations act is signed into law, normal disbursement of military pay will resume.

Military retirees and annuitants are not paid from appropriations, so those payments will continue as scheduled.

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REST IN PEACE: Anna Mae Hays, the first woman to become a U.S. Army General, has passed away. She was a front-line nurse during World War II and Korea. She was 97-years-old. Join us in thanking her for her service, and her contribution to history.

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Oval Office 1:52 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Okay, thank you very much. And I want to thank Secretary Shulkin, Secretary Nielsen, and Deputy Secretary Shanahan for joining us as we take yet another historic step to make sure our incredible veterans — and that they’re taking care of — that they’r...
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