Over $180 Million
Over 300 Years
Back in 1998 when I went through Army Ranger School, I fell of the side of a mountain and injured my shoulder. Once I returned from my deployment to Iraq, I was encouraged to go to the VA. There was documentation of my shoulder injury and I thought it would be a quick and easy process. I ended up going to the VA and was denied service connection because they thought my injury was related to stress. That’s when I learned firsthand that Veterans don’t get proper treatment at the VA. At the time, I had represented a lot of Veterans, but I didn’t want to go to the VA myself. I didn’t think I had time to go to the VA. My father, a Vietnam Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange, reminded me that to be a leader you must lead by example. To lead by example, I needed to know what all other Veterans were going through with the VA. I got the correct disability rating for my injury, and I learned a lot about the process. I know what it means to go through the process, to file the forms, and to get a rating decision that doesn’t adequately account for your injuries.