We would like to take a moment to congratulate and honor VA intake paralegal Bill Mahon for his dedication and service on his 10 year anniversary with the firm.
Bill Mahon has been serving his country since 1968. It was that year that Bill joined the United States Army and became a cavalry/infantry scout. He served as a scout in the jungles of Vietnam, he participated in the Invasion of Laos, and he fought in the Asha Valley, Khe Sanh, Quang Ngai Province, and Tam Ky. He was a respected and important part of the 1st, 3rd, 11th, 12th and 14th Cavalries and the 66th Armor Regiment.
After the Vietnam War, Bill served with various units on the East-West German and Czechoslovakian borders for nine years. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1989, but he continued to serve his country by volunteering to work on veterans’ claims by staying active with veterans’ groups and by serving in the local government. Bill served as deputy sheriff for ten years and as city councilman and mayor pro tem for the City of Lacy Lakeview for eight years. He also served for eight years as a volunteer firefighter and was recognized as Fireman of the Year in 1996. He has continued to work for veterans by serving as Chairman of the McLennan County Veteran Association for two decades from 1992-2012, by serving as Post Commander of Amvets Post 42 from 1990-1996, by serving as a Veteran Service Officer from 2004-2008, and by serving as Post Commander of the American Legion from 2003-2004 and again from 2014-2016.
We Can’t Forget Vietnam
In 2015, Bill was a military advisor for the Emmy award winning documentary We Can’t Forget Vietnam. When Bill was consulted about the idea for this documentary, he insisted that representatives from all of the armed services and their families participate. He rounded up almost all of the people included in the documentary and he consulted on all of the interviews.
This powerful documentary was shown on KWTX and won several prestigious awards including a Lone Star Emmy Award and an Edward R. Murrow Associated Press Award.
Bill Helps Individual Veterans Get the Disability Benefits They Deserve
Since 2009, Bill has been an important part of the team at Morgan & Weisbrod. When our firm is contacted by a veteran who is seeking disability benefits or who is in the process of appealing a decision from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, we often ask Bill to speak to the veteran. Bill works with the vet to determine whether he or she could benefit from working with an attorney at Morgan & Weisbrod or whether it is a simple procedural matter that could be handled without the help of a lawyer.
Bill, like the rest of our team, is committed to getting individual veterans the disability benefits they have earned and that can make an important difference in their lives.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.