Vietnam vet speaks at Post 227 meeting

Monday, November 11, 2019

Rob Caldwell - veteran and attorney
Text and photos by Jerry Pickard

On Tuesday evening November 5, 2019 the American Legion Post 227 held their monthly membership meeting.

The featured speaker was Rob Caldwell who related his military service in Vietnam and his post military career. (DSC05102). He addressed a large group of Veterans and visitors. (DSC05106)

Rob Caldwell was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and was trained as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina before serving as a light weapons Infantry paratrooper with the 2nd Battalion 503rd Airborne Infantry of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) in Vietnam during a crucial time in the war. 

After returning home he worked as a land surveyor for many years before attending college and gaining his doctorate in law as well as membership in the Washington Bar Association at the age of 49. He practiced environmental law for many years before retiring from full-time practice in 2012. 

A full house for the presentation

Upon his retirement he began assisting Veterans with disability claims seeking compensation and medical benefits for their service-connected disabilities on a pro bono basis (free). His experience as a war veteran himself combined with his legal expertise in administrative law gives him unique experience that he uses to assist veterans. 

His practice includes a large number of appeals to the courts including the U,S. Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims in Washington D.C. The largest majority of his clients are those who struggle with psychiatric disabilities such as PTSD, and he has achieved significant success on behalf of those clients. He is intensely involved with “The Joint Services Committee,” an all-volunteer group of Veterans working to enhance the lives of veterans struggling with the long-term medical consequences of serving in the military.

Commander Larry Fischer presented a
certificate of appreciation to Caldwell

Commander Larry Fischer presented a certificate of appreciation to Rob Caldwell after his Presentation. 

Caldwell's crew
Rob introduces his crew to the audience.

Pie and ice cream after the presentation

After the presentation was over the Post had an intermission and served pie and ice cream to all.


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