Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Never Too Late

by Jim Fausone
Veterans Disability Lawyer

Independence Day has come and gone. Hopefully you spent it remembering those that fought to protect our freedoms.

My family once again participated in the Northville, Michigan July 4th parade. This year had the National Guard Army Band, a fly over by 2 A10 Warthogs, the VFW and AMVETS, floats and bands.

One of the special moments was the pinning of the Purple Heart and Combat Medic medals on a Korean War vet. He had waited almost 60 years to receive these recognitions. His wife, a nurse, contacted Brig. General Carol Ann Fausone (ret), also a nurse, for assistance in getting these medals. His name change after service from Conrad Podolski to Dowel created confusion in the records department of DOD. But proof of the name change, buddy statements of his injury in Korea, and recovery in Japan made the medals ceremony possible – it only took 18 months to convince DOD to issue the medals.

The community turned out in full force and did it up right. As General Carol Ann said “It is never too late to say Thank You to our service men and women.” This ceremony was picked up by the media including the Detroit Free Press, FOX Detroit, Army Times, etc. The Free Press has some nice video. If you would like to read about it click on the link below.

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