Serving Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California
Preparing a Winning Claim before the Department of Veteran Affairs
Our firm has several attorneys accredited before the VA, including Travis N. Barrick, Esq., who is also admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, DC and is a Sustaining Member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA).
Our role as veterans’ advocates is to assist the veteran in identifying viable claims and obtaining credible and competent evidence in support of those claims.
The VA is arguably one of the largest bureaucracies in history. Currently, the VA has 850,000 active claims, 500,000 of which are more than 18 months old. Efforts to streamline the process have run into significant bureaucratic resistance. Our attorneys and paralegals are experienced at helping veterans navigate this process from preparation of an Original Claim, through appeal at the Regional Office, Board of Veterans Appeals and to the Court of Appeal of Veterans Claims.
Major issues to be addressed by a winning claim are:
- Eligibility, including Character of Discharge;
- The VA’s Duty to Assist;
- Compensation for service-connected disabilities;
- Improved Pension for veterans with service during times of war;
- Medical Claims;
- Psychological Injuries
- Eligibility for Extraordinary Benefits such as TDIU, Housebound Assistance, Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) and Aid & Attendance;
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for surviving family members.
We are here to assist throughout all the steps in the entire process. These steps may include:
- Obtaining service duty and medical records;
- Guidance in the preparation of the Original Claim;
- Reviewing the VA’s Rating Decision;
- Filing of a Notice of Disagreement;
- Filing of Re-opened Claims;
- Responding to a VA Statement of the Case (SOC) and Supplemental Statement of the Case (SSOC);
- Appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA);
- Appeal to the Court of Appeal for Veterans Claims (CAVC).