Why I Am a Veterans Disability Attorney

Purple Heart I am proud to be a veterans disability attorney.  I truly enjoy representing disabled veterans, their spouses, and children as they seek the benefits they deserve from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

But, like anybody else in any given profession, sometimes I too need a reminder why I have chosen my particular career path.  After seeing firsthand how many of our veterans have been treated, I sometimes wonder why I decided to go head to head on a daily basis with VA, the second largest bureaucracy in our federal government.  It is hard on veterans to wait for their claims to be decided on VA’s slow timeline.  Although we try to move claims along as fast as possible, it can be frustrating for me at times that we cannot make the process go faster.

A Long Overdue Purple Heart as a Reminder of What Our Veterans Face

Thankfully, an event I attended turned into one of those days that reminded me why I chose to be a veterans disability attorney.  I attended an event with a roomful of veterans who had honorably served our country in its conflicts for the past 70 years or so.  I had a chance to get to talk with veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

While this was all great, the real reminder came from a ceremony at the beginning of the meeting; I had the privilege of seeing the wife of a Vietnam veteran receive a Purple Heart Medal on behalf of her husband.  Her husband was unable to attend the ceremony because of health reasons.  This veteran was an Army Specialist in the Vietnam War.  He suffered injuries during combat but was captured by enemy forces shortly thereafter.

As a result of those events and the ensuing confusion, his superiors did not complete the necessary paperwork for him to be awarded the Purple Heart for recognition of his injuries sustained in combat.  Now, almost fifty years later, that has been done and he finally received the recognition and “thank you” from his country that he deserved so long ago.  His wife was there, standing in front of a roomful of veterans, where Congressman Lynn Westmoreland presented her with the Purple Heart medal.

As the veterans and other attendees in the room applauded this woman and her husband, her smile and tears expressed the gratitude she felt for this belated recognition.  The sacrifice her husband had made in defense of our country had not gone unnoticed forever. While the sacrifice of that family had fallen through the government cracks for decades, a wrong had finally been righted.

Our Veterans Need Help With Denials and Delays by Veterans Affairs

I could not help but think the 50-year Purple Heart saga of this veteran and his wife is like that of many other veterans who are caught in the “VA maze.”  These disabled veterans just want the government to act in a fair and efficient manner in deciding their VA claims.  They have made huge sacrifices that often endure for a lifetime.  We as a nation have failed many of them once they returned to our shores.

Failing to provide for their needs is inexcusable.  Just as this veteran and his wife thought no one cared or noticed his injuries from long ago in the jungles of Vietnam, many of our veterans think we as a nation don’t care about their struggles against the government they served and sacrificed for.

As a VA disability attorney, I have the opportunity to tell them that we do care.  I have the opportunity to tell them that years of frustration do not mean we cannot right those wrongs and give them now the benefits and assistance that are long overdue.  That is why I do what I do as a veterans disability attorney.

J. Travis Studdard

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.

You can subscribe to his Veterans Disability channel on YouTube.

I saw Travis on some YouTube videos. It was the way he worded things, I just felt compelled to contact them about my situation, he seemed trustworthy. Travis told me he thought he could help me. I was hesitant, but proceeded. The claim process was long, but my claim was granted. They are organized and punctual. Jessica and Travis are a strong team. I feel the Lord led me to Perkins & Studdard. I consider Travis an advocate and friend. ThanksCorby Reese
It has been a pleasure working with Jason and firm, very knowledgeable and professional, He did awesome job to get settlement that I need for my workmen comp case which was fair in my case, cause the insurance company was trying low ball me and not give me nothing but Jason fix that ….I truly recommend Perkins&studdard any workmen comp case that you have and also want thank Tina also for helping me along this process Thank you Perkins&studdardjahbari swint
Thank you Jason and Tina for everything you've done. Much appreciated. Great law firm! Great results!! Thank you!!! (Austin and Valerie)Valerie Mellinger
Travis and the team working on my VA claim are awesome. I’m happy with their integrity and diligence on working on my claim.Chris “Greybeard” Mullennix
I can't express enough how great it was to work with Perkins Studdard. They are extremely knowledgeable, professional and keep you aware of everything happening with your case. Very friendly from the front office to Mr. Perkins. I would HIGHLY recommend Perkins Studdard!James Strickland
I recommend Travis for an Veteran that has been dealing with constant denial with claims. He also , cover cost for my nexus letter when I ran into financial troubles , that helped me win my case.edwin Cook
I highly recommend Travis Studdard to represent anyone looking to help with VA claims. The VA is very difficult to deal with when attempting to get benefits from service connected injuries, at least that's my experience. Travis and his team knows the VA system and the legal procedures to help you get what you deserve. Travis was kind and passionate with me throughout this process and therefore, I highly recommend this law firm to represent DAV's.Terry Hembree
Such an awesome team. They spoke to me like a person and helped me through every decision with knowledge.Kevin Collett
Highly recommend this firm. Did exactly what they said they were going to and fairly timely. The VA is sometimes extremely difficult to navigate but this took all the leg work away from me and got me the result I thought was fair.Andrew Boone
Amazing staff, very informed along with excellent communication. Within just a few weeks of work, Mr Studdard was able to make things happen that normally take years! Highly recommendJacob Sylvester

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