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Discipline

 

Why PS&S Global?

Mission objectives: Investigate. Evaluate. Develop. Design. Manage.

PS&S Global is a project management, construction inspection and site remiediation consulting firm with a concentration in the utility, pharmaceutical/life science, real estate and environmental industries. Our team of experts leverages decades of experience and a military-inspired discipline to evaluate, develop and manage projects for both the private and public sectors. We work closely with our clients to technically review and develop site issues across multiple disciplines from the ground up. The PS&S Global model is efficiency-centric with a focus on quality. We are committed to ensuring best practices and the highest standards across all areas of service.

Pillars of Service

Pharmaceutical project management
 

PS&S Global manages facility and campus construction of any size, scope or complexity. Delivering our clients' projects at the lowest cost, with the highest quality control is at the forefront of every decision we make. Project elements may include construction oversight and implementation, evaluations, technical services, scheduling, project planning.

Construction inspection
 

Our meticulous attention to detail and extensive knowledge in construction budgets, risks and coordination gives PS&S Global a unique position to manage site inspections. We meet with key representatives to determine project objectives, review estimates and monitor milestones and progress, as well as manage all aspects of contract procedures, dispute resolution and safety plans.

Site remediation & environmental restoration

With effective environmental remediation and restoration practices, a project cannot only meet state and federal guidelines, it can exceed them. With our expert knowledge of laws and regulations governing distressed sites, as well as environmental regulations, PS&S Global’s highly trained staff can manage a multitude of environmentally-related projects, including remediation and restoration of contaminated sites.

To learn more in-depth about the breadth of PS&S Global’s services and team capabilities, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The ps&s Global Promise

PS&S Global is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), certified by the Veterans Administration.  We target the mission and the people—fully committed to delivering effectively, efficiently and with our partners’ and employees’ best interests in mind. We value honesty, loyalty, integrity and leadership. The PS&S Global promise is to deliver first-rate project completion meeting your financial, environmental and developmental needs at every level.

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executive team

Frank Libutti, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Libutti brings the discipline and commitment of 35 years of highly decorated service in the U.S. Marine Corps to PS&S Global. A graduate of The Citadel, he served in several high-impact assignments, including Vietnam and Somalia, where he oversaw more than 80,000 Marines. Among his extensive roles in the public and private sectors, Libutti was the New York Police Department’s First Deputy Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism, oversaw the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intelligence operations as Under Secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, and was Chairman & CEO of Digital Fusion, an engineering and technology firm. Currently, Libutti focuses on PS&S Global’s environmental restoration, energy efficiency operations and strategic security solutions. His philosophy is rooted in family and supporting the efforts of our veterans.

Thomas C. Zetkulic, PP, AICP, PMP
Vice President

With an established background in environmental planning, restoration and remediation, Mr. Zetkulic has more than 30 years’ experience managing multi-disciplinary projects in this arena. He has worked with a variety of organizations and companies in all facets of project management. He is a licensed Professional Planner and certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds masters’ degrees from Rutgers University and Oregon State University. With PS&S Global, Mr. Zetkulic manages a team of specialists in a variety of concentrations in the real estate, pharmaceutical and utility sectors to ensure the most thorough, efficient and environmentally sound development for every project.

 

 

core TEAM

Excellence. Experience. Expertise.

PS&S Global’s authority rests in the proficiency of its core project management and construction specialist team members with decades in the field. Every single member comes with extensive experience and deep understanding and knowledge to lead capital and facilities projects, managing sustainability and regulatory compliance. As an SDVOSB, many PS&S Global employees have served this nation in the armed forces, leveraging their military discipline and dedication to their work with the company.
 

Strategic Advisors

Joseph J. Grano, Jr.

Mr. Grano is Chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC, which provides consultation services to private and public business to assist in strategy, planning, development and management. One major focus for the company is sustainability and energy efficiency programs, risk assessment and due diligence. Mr. Grano has served as Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and is a decorated veteran.

Anthony Sartor, PhD, PE, PP

As former CEO and now Executive Chairman of the engineering and architecture firm Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor (PS&S), Mr. Sartor lends more than 50-years as a consultant to PS&S Global. His work with National Grid, a Fortune 500 company, allowed him to manage revenues of up to $1 billion on projects ranging from home and commercial energy services, to engineering and planning services. His knowledge is an imperative resource to PS&S Global.

John Sartor, PE

Mr. Sartor is CEO of PS&S. He has played a key role in delivering some of the most successful brownfield redevelopment projects in New Jersey, including the redevelopment of the Hoboken Waterfront and development of Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel and Casino. PS&S is a growing firm, with more than 250 employees and two main offices in the region, serving a multitude of sectors including real estate, hospitality and utilities.

Corporate Extensions

PS&S Global maintains relationships and joint ventures with suppliers, firms and organizations in the energy, power, pharmaceutical, construction, engineering and architectural fields to tap into resources that can optimize projects for our clients. For additional corporate or biographical information on any of the Executive Team, Core Team or Strategic Advisors, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Project Spotlight

PS&S Global has an established heritage of quality project coordination and management delivery on a variety of ventures ranging in scale and scope. From procurement to energy management, to on-site project oversight, every project is directed with leadership, discipline and skill.

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Pharmaceutical Partners

PS&S Global currently works closely with leading global biopharma companies for on-site project management services, including acting as owner representatives for their capital projects. Project managers support all aspects of construction oversight and programming of the companies' pharmaceutical campus developments. PS&S Global manages a variety of life sciences and pharmaceutical projects that range in scope and complexity in the $1 million to $10 million mark. Our team members consistently delivering on project demands, garnering performance recognition and awards at every level.

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utility Partners

To meet the demand of stringent natural gas pipeline inspections, PS&S Global's qualified personnel provides inspection support for utility company construction programs throughout the New York and Pennsylvania regions. With the firm’s full-service capabilities, personnel were matched to projects based on pertinent experience and appropriate qualifications and certifications to monitor multiple projects simultaneously. Additional engineering and technical support was provided to supplement construction on projects on an as-needed basis.

Superstorm Sandy Recovery

The firm coordinated with a Fortune 500 real estate management firm to track contractors executing Superstorm Sandy recovery with New York City Rapid Repairs, a program to help residential property owners rebuild after suffering storm damage. PS&S Global consulted on contractor performance and cost analysis, while weighing-in on potential project pitfalls and challenges. As part of the efforts, PS&S Global was able to identify billing inconsistencies and materials theft, which saved funds and streamlined the program to reinforce integrity and honesty on behalf of NYC Rapid Repairs.

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Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission

PS&S Global worked with the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission to coordinate and document efforts as part of Superstorm Sandy recuperation of a 14-acre plant. The firm’s team of experts performed field surveys and reviewed documentation to identify affected conditions, reporting findings to FEMA for more effective recovery and repair. In addition, PS&S Global helped put a mitigation plan into place and spearheaded a baseline environmental and cultural resource survey on behalf of FEMA, which ensured that practical means and measures to protect, restore and enhance the environment in the event of future disasters were employed to the best efforts possible.

 

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Federal Business Centers

In a continued partnership, PS&S Global has worked with Federal Business Centers (FBC) in New Jersey for large-scale site remediation and restoration. A large-scale effort, the earliest project included the preparation of a General Development Plan to decontaminate a site while taking natural resources and protected areas into account, including tidal waters, flood hazard areas, wetlands and other sensitive areas. Environmental activities are conducted under oversight of a Licensed Site Remediation Professional to meet regulatory standards. Many included conceptualization, design and construction, all executed on a fast-track of two years or less.

Extended PS&S Global Portfolio

For more information on these or any PS&S Global projects, please contact us.

Working with PS&S Global

As an SDVOSB, PS&S Global supports those who have proudly served our nation and who have superior experience and skill in project management, utility construction inspections, environmental remediation and restoration and energy efficiency in the construction and project management fields. You will work with an experienced and seasoned team on high-profile projects in a family-minded atmosphere where the opportunity for expansion and personal growth are nurtured.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and families
  • Company-paid life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance for employees
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical/dependent care expenses
  • 401(k) with match
  • Payment of professional licenses
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Online Technical Learning Center

Team Values

The main mission at PS&S Global, a proud Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), is a focus on the people—we treat our employees and our clients with respect, honor and allegiance. Our values embrace respect and dignity. We foster our team’s strengths, challenging them to think creatively and deliver effectively. PS&S Global is leadership, loyalty, support and intelligence. Our employees are our credibility and we stand by this reputation to the fullest extent.

POSITIONS

PS&S Global values honesty, loyalty, hard work and acumen among all employees. Included here is a short list of the type of opportunity that can be capitalized on with the firm.

Project / Construction Managers - Pharmaceutical

The best candidates for this job perform capital projects management activities at multiple sites simultaneously. This individual will support every aspect of the assigned pharmaceutical facility/campus construction projects—varying in size, scope and complexity, with costs ranging from $1M to $10M—to ensure successful completion upon delivery. Interested candidates must be familiar with client needs and operations in the pharmaceutical/life sciences arena.
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Project Managers - Environmental Consulting
This position requires management of multiple diverse environmental projects simultaneously, including senior-level oversight and expert technical input on complex execution. Candidates are expected to manage client interaction, financial and resource allocation, and supervise technical staff. Candidates must be familiar with client needs in retail petroleum or be accustomed to handling large volumes of similar product.  
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Site Remediation / Restoration Professionals

In this role, you will provide senior-level management and expert advice on a portfolio of diverse and complex environmental projects. This position requires client maintenance, financial and resource allocation, and technical staff supervision. You will be expected to take an active role in stakeholder groups, interacting with operation and support teams to ensure streamlined communication of technical requirements while meeting deadlines. Proactive identification of technical improvement initiatives is strongly encouraged and ability to identify and interpret new federal and state guidance and regulations while champion shared best practices is expected.  
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Natural Gas Construction Inspector

The Construction Inspector oversees, monitors and inspects pipeline construction activities to ensure requirements of design, drawings, specifications, regulations and industry practices are being met in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner. This position delivers quality assurance of all construction activities providing confidence that requirements are consistently fulfilled. This role serves as the principal means of assuring work and material quality during construction project activity.  The Construction Inspector: Works with limited supervisory involvement, and exercises a considerable amount of independent decision making and; May perform inspections in multiple gas operating divisions.  
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Apply to Join the team

We are always looking for dedicated individuals who can offer valuable service to the PS&S Global team. If you believe you are qualified, please complete the process outlined below and a company representative will contact you if you meet criteria and current corporate needs.

How to apply:

  1. Download the application form by clicking on the button below.
  2. Fill out and sign the form.
  3. Email a PDF of the form along with your resume to PS&S Global HR.

Alternatively, you can print and mail the form and your resume to:

PS&S Global
Attn: Human Resources
67B Mountain Boulevard Extension
Warren, NJ 07059

In the event you have a disability, you may request accommodation by contacting Melissa Shane at 732.584.0361, and special arrangements will be made according to your needs.


CONTACT US

From pharma and life sciences to site remediation and restoration, PS&S Global is ready to take on any mission. Please fill out the form below and we will contact you to discuss your project needs.

 

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VMI Leader-in-Residence Program

January 11, 2016 Lexington, VA - The VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics is pleased to announce Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret.) as the 2016 VMI Leader in Residence.  Libutti, a native of New York and a graduate of The Citadel, has had a lifetime of distinguished military and private sector service roles, exemplifying the ideal qualities of a citizen-soldier.

His post Marine Corps appointments with the New York Police Department and the then newly created U.S. Department of Homeland Security focused on counter-terrorism information analysis and protection, topics which we will highlight during this year’s 6th Annual Leadership Conference: Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age.

 At the time of his retirement, General Libutti served as the Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific/Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific/Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Bases, Pacific and Commanding General Marine Forces Central Command headquartered at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. An infantryman, Libutti has served in North & South East Asia, Europe, and the Horn of Africa and in the States in operational and Joint staff positions.
 
From January 2002 to May 2003, General Libutti served as the New York Police Department's first Deputy Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism. In September 2003, General Libutti served as the first Under Secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate at the newly created U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In September 2005, he became CEO/Chairman of the Board of Digital Fusion, a publicly traded company, valued at $61M with approximately 300 employees. Digital Fusion centered on IT initiatives and support for the US Missile Defense Agency. Currently, General Libutti is serving as CEO/President of PS&S Global, a full-service engineering firm that is a service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) located in Warren, N.J., where his focus is on environmental restoration, energy efficiency operations, and strategic security solutions. 
 
General Libutti's personal decorations include: The Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (first award), the Silver Star Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Legion of Merit with gold star; Purple Heart with two gold stars; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Republic of Korea Chonsu Medal: and the Combat Action Ribbon. General Libutti was also presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan for service dedicated to the security of Japan and the mutual cooperation between Japan and the United States. General Libutti is also the recipient of the Audie Murphy Patriotism Award. 
 
As part of the Center’s Leader in Residence program, General Libutti’s schedule will include meetings with select cadets, faculty, staff and other employees as part of the Center’s mission to provide leadership and professional development opportunities at VMI.  Conversations will also provide opportunities to have a mutual exchange of ideas on leadership.  For more information regarding the Center for Leadership and Ethics’ Leader in Residence program, please contact Col. Patrick Looney, Deputy Director, at (540) 464-7361.

http://www.vmi.edu/Leadership_and_Ethics/Cadet_Experience/Leader_in_Residence/

Cento Amici welcomes Lieutenant General Frank Libutti

November 7, 2015

Jamie DeVivo, Zito Partners

Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, MSMC (Ret), became an "Honorary Member " of Cento Amici

Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret.) became an “Honorary Member” of Cento Amici at the organization’s 27th Annual Dinner and Auction on Oct. 13 at Alfie’s Ristorante Italiano in Warren.

General Libutti and 95-year old Marine, Joseph Gianvito

General Libutti and 95-year old Marine, Joseph Gianvito

With more than 40 years of service defending our nation, Libutti embodies a natural leader. At the time of his retirement, Libutti was the Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific/Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific/Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Bases, Pacific headquartered at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

“I’ve known General Libutti for many, many years,” said Colonel Jack Jacobs, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and NBC military analyst, in introducing Libutti. “His enthusiasm, passion and leadership are the very qualities that we hope will inspire the children and young adults whom are the future of our country.”

Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret.), chief executive officer of PS&S Global, and Cento Amici president Bob Zito, founder of Zito Partners. (Photo: Photo Courtesy of Cento Amici)

Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret.), chief executive officer of PS&S Global, and Cento Amici president Bob Zito, founder of Zito Partners. (Photo: Photo Courtesy of Cento Amici)

“Our goal is to help as many students as we can through our scholarships,” added Robert Zito, Cento Amici founder and president. “The money we raise at our events is used to create scholarships and help young deserving students fulfill their dreams.

“We are thrilled to welcome another American hero to the Cento Amici family,” Zito added.

Founded in 1989, Cento Amici (100 Friends) is a community-based, member organization dedicated to providing need-based scholarship assistance to qualified students in New Jersey. Cento Amici’s mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for those who need it most and who are most under-served by existing need-based programs. Cento Amici currently supports scholarships at the following institutions: Montclair State University, St. Anthony High School, St. Peter’s Prep, The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and Union County College.

Proceeds from this year’s dinner will fund Cento Amici’s scholarships and an endowed fund for future scholarships.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/outreach/caring-communities/2015/11/07/cento-amici-frank-libutti/74261894/

NJ Biz

Bringing military discipline to business practices

Retired Lt. General helps firms improve project management

By Andrew SheldonNovember 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

 

Frank Libutti, the CEO and president of PS&S Global, served in the Marine Corps for 35 years. - (AARON HOUSTON)

Frank Libutti, the CEO and president of PS&S Global, served in the Marine Corps for 35 years. - (AARON HOUSTON)

Frank Libutti is all about the mission — and as a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant general who served from 1966 to 2001, he brings that level of focus and attention to his dealings as president and CEO of PS&S Global.

His 35 years of military history is even echoed in how he discusses his business as a third-party operations manager.

“The mission focus of the company is on performing project management or program management with a target set — in terms of our client range — in the utility area and the pharmaceutical area,” he said. “We will chase, and bring in under our wing, qualified people to be a part of our team and charge ahead looking to be successful in support of a customer or client.”

Generally, Libutti and his team are there to make your company run more efficiently as they take the lead through various projects.

When PS&S Global was founded in 2010, one obvious avenue to accomplish this was to find ways in which companies were wasting electrical energy and cut their costs by pushing them toward going green.

But the firm didn't find the demand it had hoped for in that area, so it shifted to a niche in traditional project management.

Its executives wouldn't be running their own business efficiently if they hadn't done so.

“It's what we initially looked at, but it's not off the table,” Libutti said. “It's still something we would do if the opportunity presents itself in support of a larger company that has a requirement for a diversity company like ours, then we would pursue that aggressively.”

The company has now focused its business development efforts in the power utility and life sciences industries. Part of ensuring the efficiency is making sure each job and contract is customized for — not just each industry — but each company.

“We would talk to the client and review what the project was and we'd decide whether we could do that for them, provide supervision and overwatch,” he said. “That's a negotiated sort of thing in terms of tasks, operations and priorities.”

This specificity, accompanied by the ability to find the right people for the job, allows them to step outside the project management box when needed.

“Right now, aside from the project management side of our company, we're providing technical experts to clients,” Libutti said.

Two companies receiving technical assistance are National Grid and UGI, both working in power distribution, which utilized PS&S's technical services to support gas pipeline inspectors.

THE BIZ IN BRIEF

Name: PS&S Global
Headquarters: Warren
Management: President and CEO Frank Libutti; Chairman Joseph Grano; Vice President Thomas C. Zetkulic

Military managing

Libutti’s military training applies to how he manages a team: by being goal-oriented and team-centered — and communicating clearly. “I’ve learned to trust the people around me and take care of them,” he said.

The company, recognized by the federal government as a service-disabled veteran-owned business, actively looks to provide veterans with jobs. With five veterans on its workforce, more than half the PS&S team is comprised of former military personnel.

http://www.njbiz.com/article/20141110/NJBIZ01/311109995/bringing-military-discipline-to-business-practices

 

DAV Magazine

Praise From a Marine Corps Veteran

posted on NOVEMBER 6, 2012

BY THOM WILBORN

Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Shane, left, and Lt. Vince Noble beside an amphibious armored vehicle outside of Fallujah, Iraq, as they prepare for combat.

Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Shane, left, and Lt. Vince Noble beside an amphibious armored vehicle outside of Fallujah, Iraq, as they prepare for combat.

Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Shane lay as still as possible on a street in Fallujah, Iraq, as his insides roared with burning pain from the bullets that struck him in the lower back. A few feet away lay a dying Marine he tried to rescue only moments before.

“I had made my peace that I was done and had done my best,” said Shane. “My guts were on fire. I just lay still to prevent being shot again and to keep my buddies from coming out to get me.”

Shane’s unit, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, was one of those ordered in to suppress the insurgent uprising Nov. 9, 2004 in Fallujah. As the Marines moved into the heavily defended city, insurgents fired at them from every hiding place they could find. Earlier that day, Shane had rescued another wounded Marine when his unit was caught in an open area of a street. “One of our snipers was hit,” said Shane. “I picked him up and carried him to the safest place I could find. As I was running with him on my shoulder, the insurgents were shooting at me, with their bullets kicking up pieces of pavement from the road and concrete from the wall to my left.

“Later, as my platoon provided supporting fire, our guys were crossing another road,” he said. “I could see one of our guys was down, but I didn’t know it was Sgt. Lonny Wells. I said to myself, Come on boys, let’s get him out of there.

“I went to him, trying to drag him to safety, and Navy Corpsman Joel Lambott joined me,” Shane said. “I felt bullets hitting my back, bouncing off my vest. The next burst hit me in the lower back. I was airborne and I think I blacked out.

Lambott was hit in the heel and got back to safety.” Shane was later told that his Marines counted six rounds that had struck his back body armor, and one bullet had embedded in his ceramic protective chest plate.

“I wiggled my toes to see if I had movement, and I felt my hands, arms, legs and face to see if I had feeling,” he said. “The Marine I went after was badly bleeding and needed immediate care. It was a pretty helpless feeling.”

Once an insurgent machine gunner was driven off, Shane’s men rescued him and Wells, carrying them under heavy fire to a medical amphibious vehicle. Wells was taken aboard, but the Marines couldn’t lift the 250-pound Shane up the ramp to waiting medical care.

“Insurgents were shooting guns and RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) at the track,” said Shane. “I was conscious and I remember it all. I was worried about the Marines risking their lives attempting to rescue me on a stretcher. I wanted them to take cover, but I’m thankful for their heroism.

“I was in a lot of pain, but when they got me to the track, I had to crawl up from the street. That’s when it hit me that I may actually get out of this,” he said. “I told them I could crawl up. My legs didn’t work, so I pulled with my hands, and I pulled my guts out to get up there.

“I remember lying there with the smell of blood and diesel fuel, looking across at Sgt. Wells, but I didn’t recognize him,” said Shane. “He was still blinking every once in a while, but he looked lifeless. I knew it was the Marine I had gone after, but I couldn’t make out his face. I just remember us staring at each other. After a while, he stopped blinking and I just closed my eyes.”

At the field hospital, Shane lost consciousness from the pain and woke up two days later when he was in the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The bullets that struck him had shattered on impact and sliced through his abdomen causing severe injuries to internal organs. Doctors performed 10 surgeries there and at the Naval hospital in Maryland to extract bullet shards and repair his organs as best as they could.

While at Landstuhl, Corpsman Lambott and two others from Shane’s company who were wounded in Fallujah came to visit. “They told me Wells was the Marine I had tried to rescue and that he didn’t make it,” said Shane. “I remember starting to cry and how bad it hurt my insides. All three of those Marines held my hand.”

As he recovered, the 15-year Marine infantry veteran received a Bronze Star for valor and a medical discharge with 20-percent disability, which did not qualify him for the military benefits of a medical retirement. He also struggled with depression and disabilities that were never discussed at his military physical and medical review boards. His service-connected VA disability rating granted in 2006 also failed to fully include the extent of his injuries and other errors.

A Marine since he was 18, Shane desperately wanted to remain in the Corps, but his injuries prevented him from meeting the tough physical standards of an infantryman. He realized he needed time to heal. He tried to stay in the best shape he could without doing the hard, physical exercise that only brought searing pain and sought to begin his life as an injured veteran.

Nearly six years passed before Shane, who had joined DAV, talked to Newark, N.J., National Service Office Supervisor Nicholas Bernardi. In reviewing Shane’s VA claim file, Bernardi found the veteran had been improperly rated for his injuries.

“As Shane explained his injuries several red flags popped up,” Bernardi said. “I couldn’t understand why he was separated from the military and not retired.”

Bernardi met with Shane and discovered a close personal association —they had served on the same battlefield during the invasion of Iraq, but never met. “During his first deployment, Shane’s unit went into Mosul to get a foothold, and my unit, the 101st Airborne, came in to secure the area,” he said. “He felt greatly at ease with DAV because he was dealing with someone who served with him and had the same experiences. He trusted what I was doing.”
“My health hasn’t gotten any better, but it is what it is,” said Shane. “I have been told it may get worse as I get older. I still have bullet fragments inside me, and there are some days that I hurt more than others. The best thing for me was finally coming to grips that I had to slow down and to make changes because of my injuries. I am thankful for every bit of life I have.”

Bernardi closely followed Shane’s case through the VA process to ensure errors were not repeated. “Within six months the VA disability was increased several times to a final rating of total disability with special monthly compensation for his wounds and associated conditions,” Bernardi said.

Meanwhile, DAV’s Washington, D.C., National Service Office Assistant Supervisor Stephanie Cooper began to work with the Department of Defense to upgrade Shane’s medical discharge to the 30-percent disability level that meets medical retirement standards.

Bernardi said it was his top priority to ensure Shane received the benefits he earned. “It’s our duty to uphold DAV’s mission to keep the promise to the men and women who served,” he said.

“My injuries are a part of my life now,” said Shane. “DAV and the VA have helped me accept them. I miss the Marines, and I miss the action. It is a hard thing to deal with when you have your career pulled from beneath you.” He praises DAV’s work for making the difference in his case. “The depth and breadth of DAV and the networking and influence it has make it unparalleled,” he said. “No one does things like DAV.

“I have worked with great professionals, but for a non-profit organization, this level of service and professionalism is unsurpassed. At times, I felt like I was Nick Bernardi’s only client.

“I am thankful for what Nick and DAV have done for my family and me,” he said. “DAV has righted the wrong. I never would have challenged the rating if not for DAV. Now DAV is helping me obtain disability retirement from the Marine Corps. I have wanted my Marine Corps retirement since the day I left. I think I earned it.”

“This is an outstanding example of how DAV service helps restore the lives of injured and ill veterans,” said Washington Headquarters Executive Director Barry Jesinoski. “NSO Bernardi quickly recognized that Shane’s initial rating failed to account for the full extent of his injuries. We are veterans helping veterans because no one should go it alone.”

“DAV National Service Officers are working hard every day to ensure veterans are honored with correct disability ratings,” said National Service Director Garry Augustine. “It is a special privilege to serve our veterans in such a significant way.”

“I found DAV phenomenal,” said Shane. “It is filled with dedicated professionals and provides first-class service. You know that DAV really cares about you.”

“Caring about veterans is DAV’s sense of pride,” said Bernardi. “It’s the least we can do to help veterans. We do this work because we want to help veterans and their families.”

https://www.dav.org/learn-more/news/2012/praise-from-a-marine-corps-veteran/

Past Articles

Frank Libutti of PS&S Global LLC, was honored at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) New York Spring Gala on April 3, 2014.

RYAN P. SHANE: 'I HAD A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR'

Extraordinary Bravery on the Streets of Fallujah