LegalHealth Attorney Helps Replace Air Force Serviceman’s Burial Flag Lost in Superstorm Sandy

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Pictured above (left to right): Tikiri Ulpange, Father of Prabash Ulpange; Debra Wolf, Supervising Attorney, NYLAG LegalHealth Unit; Asoka Kumarihamy, Mother of Prabash Ulpange; Rachel Ehrilich Albanese, Attorney, Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP.

LegalHealth attorney Debra Wolf and Akin Gump attorney Rachel Ehrlich Albanese assisted a Staten Island family in replacing their son’s burial flag which had been lost during Superstorm Sandy.

Wolf and Albanese had been assisting the family with their FEMA claims and insurance issues in wake of the storm when the family explained that the flag had been lost.  Wolf and Albanese contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs and urged that a replacement be issued, despite the Department’s policy of providing only one flag per deceased service member.

On February 6, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs held a ceremony at the Blazing Star Post, VFW, in the Travis neighborhood of Staten Island.  In front of family and friends, parents Tikiri Ulpange and Asoka Kumarihamy were presented with the new flag for their son Prabash Ulpange, who died in the service of the U.S. Air Force in 1994.

NY1 News coverage of the story can be found here.