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.

Rita BarnesRita Barnes
00:03 20 Jan 22
This is a great group of people who really care about your well being. They all treated me as though I was family and helped me with my work comp case in more ways than the average would have.Thank you Jason and Thank you Tina! For doing an awesome job.
Cortex ButlerCortex Butler
18:09 29 Dec 21
I am a Veteran of United States Air Force and was awarded my first 30% in 1996 and have been fighting for my rating for 26 years I came to Perkins and Studdard in 2019 while my mom was in a terrible incident and was given to much anesthesia and through GODS Grace she was spared her life, She is disabled since 2018 and I have been struggling with my life and issues and yet I didn’t call the law firm every 10 minutes or call being rude anytime, I mentioned this as I got to know Jessica more than just a phone call and Mr Studdard was always available when not working on other cases or in court, They always called back and Never had to do a call back, My Review is Simple in Life there peaks and valleys and it doesn’t stop because you have issues, Perkins & Studdard took my case in 2019 in 2021 I received my 100% from VA, I Was Never Rude, I was Never Promised Success, I Was Never Lied too and I was Always Treated with Respect, Friendliness, and Kindness the Real Stuff not a (Money Thing) If You want a firm that Cares about the Client and will work on your case even through a pandemic, Will not lie, will not promise anything will communicate your case and will Give you their Best ALWAYS THIS IS THE Best Law Firm for VETS HANDS DOWN Perkins and Studdard THERE IS NO OTHER 100% we had 5 calls Total Case That’s Taking Care Of Business
annetteMomma nokesannetteMomma nokes
14:29 12 Sep 16
Jason and his paralegal Lisa were on point and on top of their game when it came to handling my worker's comp. injury case. I tried going it alone and the insurance carrier pushed me around. They denied extra physical therapy. They denied injections the doctor recommended to ease my pain. When I turned my case over to Jason things turned around, QUICK. They were at all times attentive and on top of my case. I cannot recommend Jason and his staff enough. If you are hurt at work, this is the firm you want on YOUR side.
Sheila KirklinSheila Kirklin
23:11 12 May 16
Jason Perkins, was my lawyer in a workers comp. case, my case has settled now, and I am very happy for all Jason and his office hard work on my case, he was always there to help me out with any questions that I had or help I needed. Jason is a excellent lawyer and if I ever need another one I would only go to Perkins,Because I believe they would be able to help me in any situation I am in need of..
Anna PabonAnna Pabon
23:16 13 Sep 15
I recommend Perkins Law Firm. Everyone I came in contact with there was very nice. Kim was very helpful and any time I had a question she made sure I got an answer. Ann Margaret really took the time to explain things to me.

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