Types of VA Disability Claims We Take
Types of VA Benefit Claims We Help Veterans Pursue
Getting veterans’ disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is often a complex, confusing and frustrating task. Many deserving veterans receive less than they deserve because they cannot get through the VA bureaucracy.
Voice 4 Vets is dedicated to helping military veterans appeal VA disability claim decisions. We go far beyond rounding up records and filing forms. We work with veterans and those around them — family, doctors, therapists, caretakers, etc. — to develop strategies for countering faulty VA decisions on appeal.
Our organization began when Tammy James to represent fellow Vietnam veterans who suffered from PTSD. Since then, she and our other agents, many of whom are also military veterans, have helped hundreds of veterans appeal disability benefits claims and recover millions of dollars in benefits they deserved.
We Are Veterans Serving Veterans
Voice 4 Vets are veterans who help veterans pursue VA disability benefits. We help veterans appeal flawed claim decisions before VA Regional Offices nationwide, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Tammy James and other members of our organization have served multiple branches of the military in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. We have experienced first-hand the sacrifices that veterans make on deployments and at home. We also know how veterans’ selflessness affects their lives forever afterward.
We have experience successfully guiding veterans’ cases through the VA appeals process. Our work litigating issues in VA claims at the federal appellate court level has resulted in case law that has changed VA rules.
We know the way forward.
VA Disability Claim Appeals Process Anticipates Faulty Claim Decisions
The VA is a vast government bureaucracy with volumes of rules and regulations. Add a backlog of veterans’ disability claims to this, and it’s no wonder VA claims evaluators make bad decisions from time to time.
Diagnostic Codes for individual physical and mental illnesses, injuries and disorders guide VA disability claims decisions. Some disabilities, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) have additional rules and regulations on top of Diagnostic Codes.
In the end, a disability claim decision is somebody’s judgement call. Evaluators can and do get it wrong. This is why there is an appeals process. This is why any veteran has the absolute right to appeal a VA disability benefits decision that does not meet their needs.
The objectives for appealing a VA disability benefits decision are to:
The VA provides a multilevel appeals process. A disabled veteran may do the following to hear their case:
Most veterans initially file for VA disability benefits on their own, or with the assistance of a veterans’ support organization. Some are also able to follow VA forms and instructions to file an appeal with their VA Regional Office and the BVA, or to make such requests as for a review of their disability rating.
However, the review of a case by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC) is a formal court proceeding. Voice 4 Vets agents have handled hundreds of cases at the CAVC and thousands of cases at the VA agency level which includes the Regional Offices and the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA).
Over several decades of working with disabled veterans, and as VA disability law has evolved, Voice 4 Vets has seen thousands of disability appeals granted. It’s unfortunate, but the VA can make mistakes on what looks like the most obviously valid claim.
An incorrectly denied claim, or a disability rating that is too low, means substantial loss for the affected veteran and family.