America’s Veterans are entitled to due compensation that they sacrificed for while defending America, including Veterans living in Arkansas, home to roughly 238,000 Veterans. The Census Bureau calculates that roughly 19% of these Veterans have a service-connected disability rating (the average state is 17%). However, there are others who may have incurred disabling injuries yet do not have a VA disability rating. An Arkansas VA disability attorney from Berry Law could help you fight for the disability benefits you deserve.

Berry Law Firm has represented Veterans and servicemembers in every state. We fight for Veterans’ disability appeals at every VA Regional Office in America, and are dedicated to ensuring Veterans’ rights are protected. If you have been denied VA benefits, or are unhappy with your rating decision, you may want to enlist the support of an Arkansas Veterans disability appeal attorney. Please read on to learn more about how we can help Veterans in Arkansas.

Starting a VA Claim in Arkansas

Getting started with a VA disability claim can begin from any location in the US, regardless of where you served.

You can apply directly online through the VA, or use the services of a Veterans Service Organization (VSO).

Local VSOs in Arkansas

To get started, you need to complete VA Form 21-526EZ, or apply online through the VA eBenefits portal. If you want the VA to collect medical evidence on your behalf, you must also complete VA Forms 21-4142 and 21-4142a. Additional forms may be required if you are filing a claim for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or for Total Disability based upon Individual Unemployability (TDIU). The forms must be signed and dated, packaged with any evidence you wish for the VA to consider, and either mailed to the VA Evidence Intake Center in Janesville, Wisconsin, or faxed to the VA at the number listed on the form.

Initial claims generally take several months to process, so patience may be required.

It is important to start your claim early to establish an early effective date. The effective date remains in place regardless of how long it takes to fully adjudicate a claim, which may last several years depending on the individual claims. The importance of the effective date is that the Veteran is entitled to back pay at the monthly rate they are entitled to reaching from the final decision date all the way back to the effective date.

You should also know that the effective date can be lost if you don’t maintain appeals for your claims. For instance, if you have 90 days to file a VAF-9 but miss the deadline, you may have to reopen your claim resulting in a new effective date. One reason that Veterans fight so hard to appeal VA decisions is to keep the effective date in place and get all the compensation you are entitled to. See below for additional information about appealing VA decisions in Arkansas.

The effective date for each disability claim is independent so an early effective date for a claim based on knee pain will usually not apply to a gastrointestinal claim initially filed years later.

Appealing a VA Decision in Arkansas

Despite a solid claim, the VA Regional Office may nonetheless make an improper decision for a Veteran’s initial disability benefits claim. If an initial claim is denied, rated too low, or given an improper effective date, the Veteran has the right to appeal.

There are separate avenues for appeal depending on what kind of mistake the VA made. Berry Law helps simplify the process for our clients, crafting well researched appeals that have achieved desired results for Veterans for decades.

We have attorneys and advocates in various locations throughout the US, but the location of your attorney does not actually impact the process because all claims are Federally adjudicated. Berry Law has helped Veterans in Arkansas, and every other state in America, along with Veterans in US territories and foreign countries.

Some appeals processes can last years, but as long as you have preserved your effective date by keeping appeals open, you are entitled to back pay for the whole period of the process.

The first type of appeal is usually a Notice of Disagreement (NOD). This form notifies the VA that you disagree with the decision that has been made. NODs can be as simple as filling out the form and commenting “I disagree”, or can include dozens of pages of supporting material. The Regional Office in Arkansas is located at: 2200 Fort Roots Drive, Building 65 North Little Rock, AR 72114.

The Regional Office will reply with a Statement of Case (SOC), which presents the state of the case and is sent to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). The BVA will review the material to make its own determination. If you are unsatisfied with the BVA decision, you can then appeal to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) for further adjudication.

If you would like help appealing a VA decision in Arkansas please contact the team of attorneys at Berry Law Firm for more information and a free consultation.

Selecting a VA-certified Disability Appeals Attorney

Not every Arkansas VA disability attorney is equally equipped to help you bring firepower to your appeal. If you would like to use an attorney, you should pick one that will stick with you for the duration of your case, and who has represented Veterans with every type of appeal. You may want to use a Firm with a long history of representing Veterans to make sure they will still be representing you if your case lasts for several years. Some firms only recently added Veterans Appeals to their Social Security practice and are not invested in actually helping Veterans.

The hardest aspect to select for is how effective your lawyer will be at presenting your case with research, evidence, and arguments. More experience often translates to superior work product, but not always.  You may want to read reviews and testimonials from a potential law firm before signing up.  You may also want to ask about the level of research they perform on each individual case and what some of their most effective arguments have been in the past.

You may also want to focus on attorneys who have actually served in the military. Utilizing an Arkansas VA appeals lawyer who has military experience can facilitate better communication and eliminate the need to explain your military experiences to someone without similar experience. Nothing can replace the camaraderie developed through shared service experiences. Will your law firm understand the intense stress of combat?

Lastly, you may want to gauge responsiveness to your inquiry to see how likely the attorney is to help quickly when you really need it.

Berry Law Firm: Veterans Serving Veterans

Berry Law Firm was founded in 1965 by John Stevens Berry, Sr., who spent part of his time in the Army serving in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Berry successfully defended the Green Berets in a highly publicized murder case, earning him significant national praise. After leaving the service, he opened his own firm focused on criminal defense, but where he also helped Veterans with legal work, particularly supporting fellow Vietnam Veterans who had been disabled in service. The firm is now run by John S. Berry, Jr., who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the National Guard, after earlier Active Duty tours in both Bosnia and Iraq. John has helped grow the firm while keeping its roots in military work ethic and values.

The firm employs Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force Veterans. We have attorneys hailing from each branch, and feature both Officers and Enlisted, with service ranks ranging from E2 – O6 (including an E9). Our Veterans served during every major conflict since Vietnam, and combined have earned hundreds of awards, ribbons, and commendations for their service. We also have Reservists and National Guardsmen still wearing the uniform.

John Berry received the Patriot Award from the ESGR, and the firm has been named as “Military and Veterans Law Firm of the Year” by multiple agencies.

We combine our military and legal training to assist Arkansas Veterans with their legal needs.

Serving Clients Throughout Arkansas

Berry Law represents Veterans throughout Arkansas, including in:

  • Little Rock
  • Fort Smith
  • Fayetteville
  • Springdale
  • Jonesboro
  • Rogers
  • Conway
  • North Little Rock
  • Bentonville
  • Benton
  • Pine Bluff
  • Hot Springs
  • Sherwood
  • Texarkana
  • Russellville
  • Paragould
  • Bella Vista
  • Jacksonville
  • Cabot

 

Resources for Veterans in Arkansas

VSOs in Arkansas

VSOs can help you file an initial claim. Certain VSOs are recognized by the VA to help Veterans file claims.

VSO locations in Arkansas include:

AMVETS

  • Post AR-0004, El Paso, AR
  • Post AR-0007, Mountain View, AR
  • Post AR-0012, Little Rock, AR
  • Post AR-0027, Murfreesboro, AR
  • Post AR-0033, Springdale, AR
  • Post AR-0062, Pocahontas, AR

The American Legion

  • Post 1, Little Rock, AR
  • Post 2, Monticello, AR
  • Post 3, Magnolia, AR
  • Post 4, Forrest City, AR
  • Post 5, Marianna, AR
  • Post 6, Pocahontas, AR
  • Post 7, Lake Village, AR
  • Post 8, Charleston, AR
  • Post 9, Eureka Springs, AR
  • Post 10, El Dorado, AR
  • Post 11, Malvern, AR
  • Post 12, Hope, AR
  • Post 13, Hot Springs, AR
  • Post 14, Harrisburg, AR
  • Post 15, Calico Rock, AR
  • Post 16, Conway, AR
  • Post 17, Paragould, AR
  • Post 18, Mena, AR
  • Post 19, Benton, AR
  • Post 20, Russellville, AR
  • Post 21, Jonesboro, AR
  • Post 22, Clarksville, AR
  • Post 23, Cotter, AR
  • Post 24, Blytheville, AR
  • Post 25, Gravette, AR
  • Post 26, Lepanto, AR
  • Post 27, Fayetteville, AR
  • Post 29, Siloam Springs, AR
  • Post 30, Sheridan, AR
  • Post 31, Fort Smith, AR
  • Post 32, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Post 33, Blytheville, AR
  • Post 34, Atkins, AR
  • Post 35, Sulphur Springs, AR
  • Post 36, Holiday Island, AR
  • Post 37, Star City, AR
  • Post 38, Piggott, AR
  • Post 39, Plummerville, AR
  • Post 41, Helena, AR
  • Post 42, Trumann, AR
  • Post 43, Mountain View, AR
  • Post 44, Harrison, AR
  • Post 45, Camden, AR
  • Post 46, Waldron, AR
  • Post 47, Newport, AR
  • Post 48, Stuttgart, AR
  • Post 49, Stamps, AR
  • Post 51, Prescott, AR
  • Post 52, Mountain Home, AR
  • Post 53, West Memphis, AR
  • Post 54, De Queen, AR
  • Post 55, Mammoth Springs, AR
  • Post 57, Arkadelphia, AR
  • Post 58, Texarkana, AR
  • Post 61, Yellville, AR
  • Post 63, Ozark, AR
  • Post 64, Heber Springs, AR
  • Post 65, Dermott, AR
  • Post 66, Wynne, AR
  • Post 68, Brinkley, AR
  • Post 71, Cabot, AR
  • Post 72, Knobel, AR
  • Post 171, Lincoln, AR
  • Post 74, North Little Rock, AR
  • Post 75, Hamburg, AR
  • Post 172, Berryville, AR
  • Post 76, Danville, AR
  • Post 77, Bentonville, AR
  • Post 78, Fordyce, AR
  • Post 79, McGehee, AR
  • Post 80, Clarendon, AR
  • Post 82, Warren, AR
  • Post 83, Rison, AR
  • Post 84, Dumas, AR
  • Post 87, Holly Grove, AR
  • Post 88, Marvell, AR
  • Post 89, Alpena, AR
  • Post 91, Beebe, AR
  • Post 93, Jasper, AR
  • Post 94, Arkansas City, AR
  • Post 97, Caraway, AR
  • Post 100, Rogers, AR
  • Post 106, Searcy, AR
  • Post 109, Magazine, AR
  • Post 110, Hazen, AR
  • Post 111, Crossett, AR
  • Post 112, McCrory, AR
  • Post 114, Batesville, AR
  • Post 121, Paris, AR
  • Post 123, Hot Springs Village, AR
  • Post 124, Ashdown, AR
  • Post 128, Mabelvale, AR
  • Post 129, Lynn, AR
  • Post 131, Leslie, AR
  • Post 133, Carlisle, AR
  • Post 136, Monette, AR
  • Post 137, Huntsville, AR
  • Post 139, Springdale, AR
  • Post 144, Bradford, AR
  • Post 146, Prairie Grove, AR
  • Post 149, Mulberry, AR
  • Post 158, DeWitt, AR
  • Post 162, Green Forest, AR
  • Post 166, Augusta, AR
  • Post 168, England, AR
  • Post 185, Cave City, AR
  • Post 194, De Valls Bluff, AR
  • Post 196, Newark, AR
  • Post 197, Manila, AR
  • Post 198, Saint Joe, AR
  • Post 200, Lonoke, AR
  • Post 202, Bradley, AR
  • Post 206, Cherry Valley, AR
  • Post 218, Grubbs, AR
  • Post 222, Ola, AR
  • Post 230, Kingston, AR
  • Post 232, White Hall, AR
  • Post 238, Elaine, AR
  • Post 249, Cove, AR
  • Post 258, Scranton, AR
  • Post 261, Ravendon Springs, AR
  • Post 263, Traskwood, AR
  • Post 274, Cave Springs, AR
  • Post 280, Oxford, AR
  • Post 287, Success, AR
  • Post 297, Junction City, AR
  • Post 298, Bryant, AR
  • Post 303, Mount Holly, AR
  • Post 308, Jacksonville, AR
  • Post 313, Mount Ida, AR
  • Post 324, Kensett, AR
  • Post 332, Mineral Springs, AR
  • Post 333, Fairfield Bay, AR
  • Post 336, Hardy, AR
  • Post 340, Diamond City, AR
  • Post 341, Bella Vista, AR
  • Post 343, Redfield, AR
  • Post 344, Horseshoe Bend, AR
  • Post 346, Cherokee Village, AR
  • Post 350, Searcy, AR
  • Post 401, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Post 404, West Helena, AR
  • Post 410, McNeil, AR
  • Post 419, Gould, AR
  • Post 427, Hope, AR
  • Post 431, Lakeview, AR
  • Post 436, Earle, AR
  • Post 452, Texarkana, AR
  • Post 1000, Little Rock, AR

VFW Posts

  • Post 300 Carrollton Post, Alpena, AR 72611-2936
  • Post 1316 Lt. Walter E. Parker Post, Little Rock, AR 72206
  • Post 1341 Hoevel-Barnett Post, Bull Shoals, AR 72619
  • Post 1345 Ouachita Mountains Post, Waldron, AR 72958
  • Post 2256 Raymond Mc Gill Post, Benton, AR 72015-6832
  • Post 2259 Jesse W. Grisham Post, Conway, AR 72032
  • Post 2278 Thaddeus H. Caraway Post, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
  • Post 2283 Rogers-Rye Post, Russellville, AR 72802
  • Post 2330 Alpha Autry Post, Searcy, AR 72143-9703
  • Post 2413 John C. Carroll Post, El Dorado, AR 71730-6617
  • Post 2586 Harmon & Atkins Post, Malvern, AR 72104-1430
  • Post 2746 Sammie Ray Harrison Post, Star City, AR 71667-9191
  • Post 2881 Baughman-Conner Post, Harrison, AR 72601
  • Post 2935 Twin City Memorial Post, North Little Rock, AR 72116
  • Post 3141 Boyce-Woods Post, Dardanelle, AR 72834
  • Post 3246 Ozark Post, Mountain Home, AR 72653-4304
  • Post 3252 Marshall Dusty Helmet Post, Marshall, AR 72650
  • Post 3543 Leonard Stark Post, Tumbling Shoals, AR 72581-9206
  • Post 4449 Elmer G. Bradshaw Post, Marianna, AR 72360
  • Post 4453 Martin-Bradley Post, Morrilton, AR 72110-3127
  • Post 4455 John & Roy Horn Post, Pine Bluff, AR 71601
  • Post 4501 Harry B. Stokes Post, Batesville, AR 72501
  • Post 4513 Fairfield Bay Post, Shirley , AR 72153
  • Post 4515 Miles-Foss Post, Monticello, AR 71655
  • Post 4548 Michael W. Ray Post, Cabot, AR 72023
  • Post 4554 Hubert Joseph Purifoy Post, Camden, AR 71701-7514
  • Post 4562 Billy T. Norton Post, Texarkana, AR 71854
  • Post 4564 Baker-York Post, Warren, AR 71671
  • Post 4566 Futrell-Killough Post, Wynne, AR 72396-3917
  • Post 4683 Collier-Massey Post, Newport, AR 72112
  • Post 4687 Jones-Lewis Post, Melbourne, AR 72556
  • Post 4764 Kemp-Bradford Post, Clinton, AR 72031-8752
  • Post 4766 Rosa-Moore-Stewart Post, Mountain View, AR 72560
  • Post 4772 Highland Memorial Post, Highland, AR 72542-9474
  • Post 5742 Smith-Johnson Post, Cotter, AR 72626-9772
  • Post 7514 Rice-Young Post, Quitman, AR 72131
  • Post 7730 Wilson-Byler Post, Calico Rock, AR 72519
  • Post 7769 Fred A. Harrell Post, Beebe, AR 72012-2405
  • Post 8042 Anderson-Sharp-Kent Post, Evening Shade, AR 72532-9520
  • Post 8124 Taylor Memorial Post, Taylor, AR 71861
  • Post 8383 Brewer/Rollans Post, New Blaine, AR 72851-9001
  • Post 8525 Fisher-Law Post, Plainview, AR 72857
  • Post 8532 Coal Hill Post, Coal Hill, AR 72832
  • Post 8671 Leo Mann Post, Prescott, AR 71857-3412
  • Post 8855 W.V. Hammond Post, Mountainburg, AR 72946
  • Post 9095 W. Carl Reed Post, Little Rock, AR 72211-3220
  • Post 9360 Preston Malloy Post, Hamburg, AR 71646
  • Post 9777 Salem Post, Salem, AR 72576
  • Post 10007 Watts & Aunspaugh Post, Bald Knob, AR 72010
  • Post 10021 Louis L. Sroufe Memorial Post, Kingston, AR 72742
  • Post 10417 Lead Hill Post, Lead Hill, AR 72644
  • Post 10442 Rose City Post, North Little Rock, AR 72117-9454
  • Post 10483 Hot Springs Village Post, Hot Springs Village, AR 71910-8428
  • Post 11474 Hubble-Delk Levy Memorial Post, North Little Rock, AR 72118
  • Post 12127 Morrison & West Post, Leslie, AR 72645-8864

 

VA Locations in Arkansas

Examples of VA locations in Arkansas include:

  • Little Rock Regional Office, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, Building 65, North Little Rock, AR 72114
  • VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT – Fayetteville Field Office, 12 West Sunbridge Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72703
  • VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT – Fort Smith Field Office, 425 North 51st Street, Fayetteville, AR 72703
  • VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT – Jonesboro Field Office, 105 North Caraway Road #937, State University, AR 72467
  • VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT – Texarkana Field Office, 910 Realtor Road, Texarkana, AR 71854
  • Veterans Resource Center and Integrated Disability Evaluation System – Little Rock AFB, 1090 Arnold Drive, Little Rock AFB, AR 72099
  • Vetsuccess on campus – Northwest Arkansas Community College, 1 Student Center, Room 333, Bentonville, AR 72712
  • Vetsuccess on campus – University of Arkansas–Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR 72701, Phone: (479) 575-8731
  • Intake Site Little Rock Air Force Base, 1090 Arnold Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72099
  • Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, AR 72901
  • Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, AR 72206
  • Veterans HCS of the Ozarks (Medical Center), Fayetteville, AR
  • Central Arkansas Veterans HCS John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital (Medical Center), Little Rock, AR
  • Central Arkansas Veterans HCS Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center (Medical Center), North Little Rock, AR
  • Conway CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Conway, AR
  • El Dorado CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), El Dorado, AR
  • Ft Smith OPC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Ft Smith, AR
  • Harrison OPC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Harrison, AR
  • Helena, Arkansas CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Helena, AR
  • Hot Springs CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Hot Springs, AR
  • Jonesboro, AR CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Jonesboro, AR
  • Mena CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Mena, AR
  • Mountain Home CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Mountain Home, AR
  • Ozark, AR OPC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Ozark, AR
  • Paragould CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Paragould, AR
  • Pine Bluff CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Pine Bluff, AR
  • Pocahontas CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Pocahontas, AR
  • Russellville CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Russellville, AR
  • Searcy CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Searcy, AR
  • Texarkana CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic), Texarkana , AR