When I wore the uniform as an Army artillery officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom, my biggest responsibility was to ensure the safety of the men and women who served with me. By virtue of their service they, in turn, were protecting their fellow Americans and our allies.
When I left the Army after four years, I made a decision to continue helping these warriors. I earned degrees from Truman State and Saint Louis University to set me on this path. I knew firsthand that many veterans needed help when they leave the service. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is bound by law to supply help, but it can fall short and veterans are left to fend for themselves. That’s why I started helping veterans appeal when they received unfair decisions on their VA disability benefit claims. My goal was to see that they received the support their country promised them.
I joined Allsup in 2012 and became a VA claim agent as they launched the Allsup Veterans Disability Appeal Service®. Through this service, we’ve helped veterans to better understand the program and their options, including their appeal rights. I am doing everything possible to help veterans climb the mountain of regulatory red tape so they receive the VA benefits they deserve.
Many of our veterans already deal with a lot of stress in their lives, whether from service-related injuries, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or financial concerns. Often, they don’t have the experience or ability to tackle the system that’s intended to serve them.
That’s my job.