David Lee’s Story (Veteran Seeking More VA Benefits):
I am a Vietnam veteran. I served in the Big Red One Infantry from 1970 to 1972. (History note: The oldest division in the U.S. Army and the first called to fight in Vietnam.) I saw a lot of people get killed. I saw so much over there no one should ever see.
It’s been a long struggle for me ever since. You see, I have PTSD, but the VA only gave me 10 percent disability for it. They gave me nothing. And I had nothing. I’ve been homeless most of the time. Sleeping under bridges. Wandering from shelter to shelter. Some places made me get out at 5:30 in the morning and wouldn’t let me back in until 5:30 at night. I didn’t want to be out in the streets. I was afraid I’d get killed. I’ve been all over Georgia looking for a safe place to rest.
Disability Claim Goes Nowhere Until Alpha
For the last seven years I’ve been trying to get more for my PTSD. The veterans group I went to, and I won’t say which one, kept telling me they could only do so much for me. They didn’t stick by me. Then I found out about Alpha Veterans Disability. I saw their commercial on TV. I called, and when I started working with Alex, my veterans advocate, everything changed.
Alex is a real soldier. He gave me his word. It was his bond. I never had anyone like Alex care about me they way he did. He’d say, “Don’t worry Mr. Lee, you’re going to be alright.” He gave me my spirit back.
He even found a shelter for me through the VA. He called all over Georgia to find a place for me to sleep at night. He didn’t have to do that but he said, “I’m going to work extra hard for you, Mr. Lee. Have faith.” And I kept the faith. He told me to hold my head up high, and that’s what I did. Nobody but God and Alex got me through.
Alpha Advocate Fights for More and Wins
Alex told me he was going to fight to get me a rating of 100 percent for PTSD. He said he’d get it, and he did. He’s something else. Very real, not like what I experienced before. I think he’s a miracle worker, that’s for sure. He never let me down. He stuck by me all the way.
What do I think about Alpha Veterans Disability? Well, they changed my life. They are soldiers who really know what they’re doing. That’s what I think. And Alex is like nobody I’ve ever met before.
Alex’s Story (Alpha Veterans Advocate):
When I first interviewed Mr. Lee, I felt a connection with him. We’re both combat veterans. He was in the Vietnam War and I was in Iraq. I could relate to his difficulties after returning to civilian life. We became friends.
Mr. Lee was actively involved in his claim. He did exactly what I told him to do. He went to appointments, sent me paperwork I needed for evidence, and shared his traumatic experiences with me so that I could develop his claim with strong legal arguments to support it.
Mr. Lee had been trying for seven years to get more benefits. Another veterans group was working his case, arguing for depression as a second disability. When I jumped in to take the case, I felt we could argue for 100 percent direct service-connected disability for PTSD, even though the VA doesn’t usually grant 100 percent for a direct service connection.
Throughout the time we worked together, Mr. Lee tried to stay positive, which wasn’t easy. He was homeless. I found him shelter because I felt it was the right thing to do.
I worked his case for one year. We pushed hard through some difficult times with the VA. When I received his award letter I was so happy that this was one of those times the VA agreed to grant 100 percent direct service connection. They took care of a homeless veteran who honestly deserved more.
Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.