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Help Spread The Word to Vets About This Free Webinar

2014 November 10


By The Old Sarge

Believe it or not (ahem), the bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) don’t always get it right the first time.

If you’re a veteran with a service-connected disability and the VA has denied your claim for benefits—or you received a rating that’s too low—don’t think for one minute that the decision is final.

Far from it. It’s just the beginning; a signal that it’s time to file an appeal.

Army veteran Brett Buchanan can show you how to best present an effective VA disability appeal during a webinar titled, “What You Need to Know About Veterans Disability Appeals,” scheduled for Nov. 30, from 3-4 p.m. EST (2-3 p.m. CST). A former Army artillery officer, Brett is a VA-accredited claims agent. His full-time job with Allsup is to help veterans receive the VA disability benefits they earned when they wore the uniform.

Click here to register for the free program.

During the webinar, Brett will walk veterans through the appeal process so they know what to expect. He said the more veterans understand the process and their options for assistance, the better they can prepare for a successful appeal.

Because of recent changes in VA regulations, Brett told me, it’s important for a veteran to appeal a denial, especially if the claim is related to military sexual trauma (MST) or environmental and psychological trauma.

For example, new regulations went into effect this year regarding disabilities that the VA considers to be secondary to a service-connected traumatic brain injury (TBI), making some veterans eligible for additional disability benefits.

In another relatively recent development, the VA began assigning MST-related claims to more experienced decision-makers with MST-specific training.

The webinar will include:

  • Overview of VA disability programs
  • Basic criteria for approval of disability benefits
  • Advanced criteria for approval of the Compensation Benefit
  • Application and appeal process
  • Why veterans need help

For more information on Allsup’s VA disability appeal services, call (888) 372-1190 or visit

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