Alpha Delivers Where Others Could Not
In the words of Thomas J. Butler, Vietnam Veteran:
I filed my first claim for VA disability compensation in 2004 with a VA representative at the John McClellan VA Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. I filed for PTSD but was also being treated by my supervising physician at that facility for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.
Back in 2000, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 was approved by the VA for Agent Orange disability for any U.S. citizen who had ever visited Vietnam between 1968 and 1975. Vietnam veterans do not have to prove the cause for getting this disease. [Vietnam veterans with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange and are eligible for disability compensation]. But, the VA did not approve compensation for my diabetes because the VA representative on my case took the position that it was caused by my Ulcerative Colitis, not Agent Orange. And, I was denied for PTSD. That was my first encounter with a VA Evaluation Center. I was left feeling that the VA used any means possible to deny me benefits.
Second Attempt Ends in Denial
After moving to Chillicothe, Ohio in 2005, I filed again for PTSD compensation at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center with the help of an AMVETS representative. I had been diagnosed for PTSD from two VA-certified psychiatrists there, and I was diagnosed and treated for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 by their medical staff. However, after completing all information requested by the Cleveland, Ohio Evaluation Board, I was again refused compensation, though my attending physician had placed two calls to the Board to plead my case. Even with the assistance of an AMVETS representative, I was denied.
More Time Passes with Little Action
In August 2008 I learned about Reps for Vets and counted on the extensive competence and results their television advertisements proclaim. But what I remember most about their representatives was that they always seemed to explain the reasons why they were unable to get anything accomplished for me. After a year and a half, they could not get a settlement in my favor.
Alpha Works Hard and Gets Results
My experience has been very different with the disability advocates at Alpha. They are working tirelessly on my behalf. They submitted a new claim for me for Ischemic Heart Disease, which is another Vietnam Agent Orange service- connected disease, and have procured an initial settlement for me of $111,000 in back pay compensation. They are also continuing to work on getting me back pay for my diabetes and PTSD claims.
All of the Alpha advocates with whom I have come in contact with have been extremely knowledgeable about all areas of veterans’ benefits, and they are thoroughly professional.
Alpha is the most dedicated veterans disability advocacy group I have encountered since my original filing with the VA in 2004. They genuinely care about the veterans they represent. I have nothing but compliments to say for their competence and professionalism.
Thomas J. Butler
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.