Michelle Landay responded: Jeff is currently being represented by JAG and PEBLOs. He is still dealing with medical retirement from the USMC, which means he is dealing with the Department of Defense. He cannot file a claim with the VA until he becomes medically retired. Thank you for your offer. We will be happy to consider your offer should it reach that point.
Brian from Kings Park, N.Y., said: "I work at the VAMC in N.Y. and was wondering if you put in a Claim for a Service Connection Disability through the Eligibility office in your local VAMC or maybe tried to put one in through the Regional Office. Also try with in the VAMC to see the OIF/OEF Patient Advocate for returning Iraq Veterans, they also may be helpful on who might be able to expedite your Claim(s). Good Luck, you deserve everything, EVERYTHING."
Michelle Landay responded: I'm not sure what the VAMC is. I will look it up online. Thank you for your suggestion. Also, thank you for your sentiments. Jeff, like every other injured service member we have encountered, is not looking for a "hand out." He's only asking for what he has earned.