As a former World War II Navy veteran, who was stricken with Lou Gehrig Disease, Mr. Hearn turned to the Veteran’s Administration to assist him in coping with his worsening condition to allow him to continue to live in his home environment.
According to Hearn, he ran into a bureaucratic snag when it came to receiving the ‘Handicap Equipped Van’ that was promised once the condition was confirmed as chronic. As his condition worsened it became more imperative that he would need to secure the van. However, despite being approved for the van month’s prior, the situation became unresolvable and the paper work had become ‘lost in the system’.
“It was not until after I contacted Senator Ball’s office and he got personally involved did I succeed in getting some action,” said Hearn in a letter. “I finally received the van and wish to thank him for taking the time from his busy schedule to notify the VA and getting the matter resolved. Often times, concern for the welfare of an “old sailor” would go unnoticed but Senator Ball has certainty proven to be a politician who is never too busy to address the concerns of an ordinary constituent.”
“It is far to often that cases like these fall through the cracks. I am so pleased that Mr. Hearn was able to secure the handicap van to keep his mobility,” said Senator Greg Ball the Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “Our office works night and day for all our constituents but we fight to move heaven and earth for our veterans.” (ARTICLE)