Dan Allsup

About Dan Allsup

Let’s get this right upfront. I wasn’t a hero. I was a Vietnam War draft dodger. Well, sort of. Allow me to explain. By 1967, the draft was breathing down my back. My oldest brother had already been drafted, and he advised me to avoid the Army at all costs. Another brother was having a great time flying Navy fighter jets, but he cautioned me not to go into the Navy as an enlisted man. That left the Marines and the Air Force. So I decided to join up on my own initiative. Care to guess which recruiting line I chose? I joined the Air Force in April 1967 for a four-year commitment that stretched into 22 years. It turned out to be one of my best decisions Then I joined Allsup just three days after I hung up my uniform for the last time. The decision was a no-brainer. First, I was offered a job that took advantage of the skills I acquired in the military. Secondly, the company’s mission appealed to me—to help people who needed help the most; those applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Jim Allsup, our CEO and a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran himself, always had his eye open for a service that he could tailor for military veterans. That opportunity arrived last summer when we launched the Allsup Veterans Disability Appeal Service (AVDAS). “They fought for us, and now it’s time for us to fight for them,” he told his employees. “AVDAS will go a long way toward helping our wounded warriors put their lives back together and enjoy the benefits of America they deserve.” Welcome to our blog. Whether a veteran or not, just let us know if you have a question about SSDI or VA disability benefits. Consider that an order.

Remembering Col. Mark Stephensen on Memorial Day

By The Old Sarge President Calvin Coolidge wrote, “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.” On a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, I walked directly to panel 18E, Row 116, and gently ran my fingers along the name etched into the polished black granite: Mark [...]

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May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

By The Old Sarge Admit it. Sometimes you really get angry at people with no apparent disability who park in a handicapped slot at the grocery store. I know I used to. Then I realized that not all physical disabilities are readily apparent. According to the Invisible Disabilities Association, about [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:48:35+00:00May 16th, 2017|Comments Off on May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

Remembering a Friend During Brain Tumor Awareness Month

By The Old Sarge I remember a guy I worked with in the Air Force. He was a stand-out star on a staff of creative types. Talented, personable and in his mid-40s, he was a movie-star handsome guy who routinely landed walk-on parts in Hollywood and television movies. Happily married [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:44:37+00:00May 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Remembering a Friend During Brain Tumor Awareness Month

No Standing in Line for empower by Allsup®

By The Old Sarge After wearing an Air Force uniform for more than 22 years, I know all about standing in lines. There were lines to get into the mess hall, the firing range—even for doctors’ appointments. Want to join the Air Force? Get in line. Want to get out [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:42:13+00:00April 26th, 2017|Comments Off on No Standing in Line for empower by Allsup®

April Is Spondylitis Awareness Month

By The Old Sarge Like most aging baby boomers, these old, stiff bones of mine tend to snap, crackle and pop like a bowl of morning breakfast cereal. Occasional back pain is now a way of life. Folks of a certain age don’t even lean over the sink to brush [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:37:07+00:00April 7th, 2017|Comments Off on April Is Spondylitis Awareness Month

Compassionate Allowance Puts Rare Diseases On SSDI Fast Track

By The Old Sarge Since Allsup first opened its doors for business 33 years ago, our disability professionals have helped more than 275,000 people receive the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits they paid for while they were working. Many of them suffer from serious rare diseases that were once [...]

By |2018-03-21T16:31:13+00:00February 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Compassionate Allowance Puts Rare Diseases On SSDI Fast Track

February is American Heart Month

By the Old Sarge I lost a friend a couple of summers ago. Joe was a fit middle-aged man and an avid golfer. He died as he was finishing a solo practice round on a local course. A group playing behind Joe found his body on the tee box of [...]

By |2018-03-21T16:28:27+00:00February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on February is American Heart Month

Feb. 2 Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Day

By The Old Sarge Groundhog Day is observed every year on Feb. 2, but Punxsutawney Phil shares his day with a chronic illness that affects more than 1.5 million Americans. The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) has designated that date as Rheumatoid Awareness Day. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a progressive inflammatory [...]

By |2018-03-21T16:25:30+00:00February 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Feb. 2 Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Day
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