A Brief Overview of the T38 Aircraft

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T38 Aircraft
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Daniel “Dan” Hohal entered the insurance sector as a claims associate trainee in 2006 and has since ascended to the role of claims supervisor at Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies (previously known as GUARD Insurance Group). Based in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Daniel Hohal specializes in complex and large loss cases in New Jersey and New York, and he is responsible for assigning workloads to his unit and holding monthly meetings with the company’s adjusters.

Prior joining GUARD, he served in the United States Air Force, where he had the opportunity to fly a T38 aircraft. Primarily used as a training aircraft, the T38 is built by Northrop Grumman, an aerospace company based in Virginia. Since the aircraft’s first model was introduced in 1961, over 60,000 Air Force pilots have received training in it.

A regular feature of the Air Education and Training Command’s undergraduate pilot program, these airplanes have also been used in the testing of new equipment. Further, NASA uses the planes for astronaut training, in addition to utilizing them as chase and observer planes for various programs, which resulted in T38s being a regular fixture of the space shuttle program.


American Legion Maintains Partnership with Student Veterans of America


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American Legion
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Located in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Daniel “Dan” Hohal possesses extensive experience in the insurance industry. Away from his work, Daniel Hohal’s interests include a number of charities and nonprofit organizations, including the American Legion.

One of the missions of the American Legion is to expand educational opportunities for veterans and ensure that veterans understand the scholarships and programs available to them. To achieve this goal, the American Legion has supported Student Veterans of America (SVA) since its inception in 2008.

With chapters at institutions of higher learning across the United States, SVA provides support to veterans from their peers and colleagues as they pursue their educational goals. Together, the American Legion and SVA have undertaken a number of initiatives to improve the GI Bill and ensure that veterans have access to excellent academic counseling.

The two organizations have also fought for extending in-state tuition to veterans. To maintain this important partnership, the assistant director of the Veterans Employment and Education Division of the American Legion recently announced that both organizations would sign a memorandum of understanding to keep communication channels open between them.

Five Ways to Improve Martial Arts Sparring Sessions

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Tang Soo Do Association
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Daniel (“Dan”) Hohal of Wilkes-Barre, PA, focuses on workers’ compensation claims as a complex claims supervisor for an insurance company. An accomplished martial artist, he has functioned as a black belt martial arts instructor for the Tang Soo Do Association since the age of 12. As such, Daniel Hohal has participated in countless sparring sessions, which are important for practicing technique without the risks associated with competitive martial arts. Here are five ways to make the most out of yours.

1. Stay calm at all times and remember that the session is about learning and honing technique. Losing your temper may result in injury to one party or the other, if not both.

2. Enter the session with a good idea of what you want to work on. Discuss this with your sparring partner beforehand so you can give more focus to the session.

3. Spar with as many people of different skill levels as you can. Experienced martial artists will facilitate your development, and you can do the same for others, too.

4. Keep things simple to build your core skills. More advanced techniques can be pursued individually, but (for general sparring sessions), focus on using and developing the basics.

5. Always use the best quality gear available to you. This affords you with more protection and ensures that you are comfortable during the session.

When Is an Insurance Claim a Complex Claim?

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Complex claim
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A resident of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Daniel Hohal oversees complex workers compensation claims in the New York and New Jersey jurisdictions on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies. Daniel Hohal has served this leading insurance firm for more than a decade. Since 2015, Dan Hohal has held the title of complex claims supervisor.

Complex claims are a large factor in the cost of healthcare and health insurance. They require special attention from well-trained adjusters who are experts in their field and within their jurisdiction. An insurance claim may be considered complex if:

It is a very high cost claim. The larger a claim is, the higher the potential for abuse, error, or waste. Sending abnormally high-cost claims to a complex claims expert can help maintain appropriate payouts and reduce certain risks.

The claim does not match predictive modeling expectations. Computer modeling can predict expected treatments and the costs of those treatments with a great deal of accuracy. When a particular claim varies from what the predictive modeling suggests, it is likely complex enough to justify additional review.