Ms. Edith Lombardi,
VFW Department Service Officer
Dear Ms. Lombardi:
I am a 75-year old retired U.S. Marine
Corps Lt. (
I am trying to
help a friend, age 70, who is the sister and only living relative of a
seriously and terminally ill
(estimated two months) patient at the Bronx, NY
I could not find
any web or email listing for the
Billís Sister advises that the VA is about to release him from the hospital, despite his terminal status.
Ms. Lombardi, something is drastically and seriously wrong here. I know the VFW was established primarily to come to the aid of veterans like Bill Doherty. He served his country well and now, in the final months of his life, he urgently needs some help. What is needed is for a VFW Service Officer, or someone well versed in and/or experienced with VA rules and regulations and Veteranís benefits, to immediately contact this veteran's sister to see if they can help her and her brother. She is totally unfamiliar with claims, numbers, etc. Talking to her on the phone tonight I advised her to go through all her brothersí papers she may have at her home (her brother was living with her for the past six years) and try to find discharge papers (DD-214's), Military records, Social Security information, Civil Service data, etc.
Bill's Sister and I would really appreciate it if you can help, and as you can imagine, time is of the essence! His Sister, Ms. Elizabeth (Betty) Lavigne (pronounced Levine), works in the Nanuet, NY School System and gets home after 3:30 pm. (She does not have access to a computer or use email). Here is her contact information:
Ms. Elizabeth Lavigne
Telephone: (845) 623-4565
Thank you in advance, Ms. Lombardi, for any assistance you can provide.
Gerald F. (Jerry) Merna
1stLt, USMC (Ret.)