We are excited to announce the opening of our new resource for veterans! GWB just launched a new program called Southwest Veterans Advocates. Travis Barrick, one of our Vegas attorneys, focuses on veterans claims and is passionate about helping veterans receive the help they deserve. Read on to find out a little more about why Travis is so passionate about his work and what the SVA is all about!
What motivated you to get started with your work with veterans?
“I am not a veteran, but my best friend died from cancer from Agent Orange in 2006. Before he died, he asked me to promise to help veterans, and I did; and I meant it.
“So, in 2007-08, I started meeting with veterans who came my way and learning how to help them get their benefits. I also joined NOVA and have never stopped learning the process and improving my ability to help.
“Other people have helped me along the way, and the joy of success gives me the motivation to keep going.”
What is your favorite thing about working with veterans?
“The best part of working with veterans is witnessing the impact on their lives when their claims are granted. They like the money, but they LOVE having their issues acknowledged by the “Machine.” The Justice of it all is worth much more to them than anything else.”
What is the SVA about and what will it accomplish?
“The need for what SVA does seems endless. We already have many, many clients, so SVA is all about increasing our capacity to give the highest level of assistance, at all levels of the claims process.
“One of the reasons we are so successful is the amount of work we put into analyzing the claims file on the front end. I honestly believe we know a veteran’s file better than anybody, including the VA.
“Because we constantly need more help working on the claims files, we are always looking for people to train and join the SVA team.”