The journey of serving veterans started with John Stevens Berry, who was also a Vietnam veteran. JSB defended a members of the Fifth Special Forces in a murder case during the war and wrote a book about it. Berry Sr. was deeply troubled by the lack of support for veterans, especially those struggling with mental health challenges like PTSD. He began helping veterans pro bono and eventually expanded his practice to focus on appealing disability claims. Today, Berry Law continues this legacy, helping veterans nationwide in their pursuit of benefits and justice.
Filing disability claims is something veterans can do on their own, as they are generally competent to do so. Each county has a veteran service officer who can guide veterans through the process, and organizations like the American Legion and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) can offer assistance as well. However, if a veteran is denied service connection for a disability or receives an underrated percentage of disability, it may be beneficial to seek legal assistance. Veterans may be unaware of the severity of their condition or lack the necessary evidence to support their claims. This is where lawyers like John and his team can step in.
Berry Law handles cases at every regional office in the United States, as well as the Board of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Federal Circuit. When a veteran is denied a disability claim or receives a lower percentage than they deserve, lawyers can help with the appeal process. They assist in identifying legal issues, gathering evidence, and making compelling arguments. Lawyers are well-versed in the code of federal regulations and can ensure that the VA follows the law when evaluating claims.
The VA’s ability to handle the influx of disability claims has been a challenge, especially with the unforeseen duration of recent wars. The VA has not always been able to provide veterans with the support they need and deserve. Many Vietnam-era veterans were left without comprehensive care, and even with advancements in technology, the VA still struggles to meet the demands of OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) veterans. Unfortunately, many veterans are not aware of the benefits they have earned, leading to a delay in seeking help. Some may be too proud to ask, causing their loved ones to reach out on their behalf.
John emphasizes the importance of veterans taking the initiative to file disability claims. These benefits are earned through their service and sacrifice, and every American taxpayer should be proud to support them. Seeking help not only benefits the individual veteran but also their family members who have supported them throughout their journey. Furthermore, getting the necessary treatment and compensation can relieve the financial burden that often falls on family members. Veterans should recognize that their families have served alongside them and deserve the assistance that is available.
The process of filing a claim can be overwhelming, but lawyers at Berry Law can help veterans navigate the paperwork and legal procedures. Veterans are encouraged to file their claims through the VA or their county veteran service officer. The VA has a duty to assist veterans with their claims and inform them of the evidence required for a successful claim. While the initial filing may not require legal assistance, appealing a denial or an underrated disability percentage often benefits from professional representation. Lawyers can help develop the claim, gather additional evidence, and make compelling arguments on behalf of veterans.
For veterans who have been denied benefits or received a lower disability percentage than warranted, Berry Law is available to provide assistance. They offer free consultation and do not charge for filing claims. Veterans can contact them through their website, Ptsdlawyers.com, or call their toll-free number, 888-324-4873. Their team consists of approximately 35 veterans who are committed to helping their fellow servicemen and women. Veterans who reach out to Berry Law can expect dedicated support in their pursuit of benefits and justice.
Filing disability claims and seeking the benefits that veterans have earned can be a complex and sometimes overwhelming process. However, there are resources and legal professionals available to guide veterans through this journey. Lawyers like John S. Barry Jr. and his team at Berry Law are passionate about helping veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. The firm’s track record of success and commitment to service make them a valuable resource for veterans navigating the legal aspects of their disability claims. Remember, seeking help is not only a way to improve one’s own circumstances but also a means of supporting the overall veteran community.
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