Jason Moreau, of Citra, Florida, is a 26 year old decorated veteran of the United States Marines. During his service, Jason developed a life threatening condition involving his kidneys known as Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP). He was honorably discharged in September 2006 and received a 100% service connected disability due to his kidney condition.
Jason’s condition took a significant turn for the worse in February 2007, when after months on dialysis he had to undergo a kidney transplant. Jason’s father was the donor. There were numerous complications with the transplant including cellular rejection, a severed artery, and C-Diff colitis.
In September 2008, due to the fact that Jason received a new kidney, the VA implausibly proposed reducing his service connected disability from 100% to 0% and to reclaim the benefits that they have paid in the past year.
Tragically, Jason was told in February 2009 that the HSP is now affecting his new kidney. As such, he no longer is a candidate for a new organ and it is only a matter of time before the HSP destroys the donor kidney.
New York trial attorney Mark Kujawski agreed to handle the matter pro bono.
On May 13, 2009, Moreau, along with Mr. Kujawski and his mother Sharon, attended a hearing in Bay Pines, Florida, on the VA proposal to cut his benefits. Over the next 10 months while Jason and his family waited for a decision, his condition continued to deteriorate. Jason has developed a chronic viral condition and now requires surgery every month at the Mayo Clinic.
Despite his failing condition, the intervention of Congressman Cliff Sterns, and the continued efforts of Mr. Kujawski and Jason’s family, on March 1, 2010, the VA issued a proposal to reduce Jason’s benefits in half. Jason’s parents continue to confront the economic burden on top of the emotional strain, using their retirement savings. Jason, a fighter through and through, and feeling horribly about the toll he is placing on his family, is actually trying to find a job despite his dire health condition and this seemingly endless battle with the VA.
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Mark C. Kujawski Kujawski & DelliCarpini 1637 Deer Park Avenue Deer Park, New York 11729-0661 631.242.1600 facsimile 631.242.1814