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Alpha is a Veterans Disability Advocacy group employing VA-accredited advocates who serve veterans in all 50 states.  With an Alpha Advocate working on your claim, you’ll get….

  • Attention - An Alpha advocate has the resources to focus on you at all times.
  • Understanding - We are veterans.  Many of us have a disabling condition. We know what you are going through.
  • Expert Advocacy - Our advocates are highly trained and VA accredited.
  • Case Strategy - Our advocates develop and share with you the details of your case to get you the highest disability ratings.
  • The MOST You’re Entitled - the advocates at Alpha won’t give up until you get the benefits you deserve.

(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.)

VA Won’t Pay Veterans for PTSD Service Dogs; Suspends Research Study


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) won’t cover costs to veterans for PTSD service dogs until more medical research proves that service dogs are beneficial to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues. The VA has also suspended a Congress-recommended three-year VA research study anticipated to conclude in 2014 with that proof. More Medical Research Needed There are plenty of heartfelt stories shared by veterans suffering the “invisible wounds of war” …

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VA Law Viewed as First Step to Justice for Camp Lejeune Veterans and Families


On August 6, President Obama signed into law the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (H.R. 1627). Key to the new law is a bipartisan promise from Congress and the president to provide health care to Camp Lejeune veterans and their families suffering from diseases related to carcinogens that flowed freely into the military base’s water supply for 30 years. Retired Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, whose daughter Janey died from …

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Rare Lung Disease in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Added to Social Security Compassionate Allowance List


When the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced in April that Obliterative Bronchiolitis was one of 52 rare diseases added to SSA’s Compassionate Allowance list, it provided a glimmer of good news for hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. At least they can count on SSA to quickly deliver Social Security disability benefits to them. VA Slower to Deliver However, getting disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for this disabling disease is much …

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Camp Lejeune Families Act to Provide Medical Care to Over 200,000


A petition on Change.org has finally broken the decades-long political barrier to medical care for thousands of disabled veterans and their families who were affected by poisoned water during their service at the Camp Lejeune military base. Sergeant Jerry Ensminger is the crusader for justice for the families stationed at Camp Lejeune during the 30 years that cancer-causing chemicals flowed freely through the base’s water supply. He used the social change website to gain support …

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VA Close to Processing All Agent Orange Claims


When the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded its list of Agent Orange presumptive health conditions in November 2010 to include Parkinson’s disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, and Hairy Cell and other Chronic B-Cell Leukemia, it was a hard-won victory for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans. Though the decision added 230,000 claims to an already severe backlog of VA disability claims, another battle is won. This time, the victory is the VA’s. VA Takes Real Claims Action …

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Alpha Advocate Gets Homeless Veteran with PTSD 100 Percent Disability


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, …

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50 Percent of New Veterans Need Disability Benefits


Our Alpha veterans advocates understand why claimants are frustrated with the VA disability claims system, especially those who filed on their own before coming to Alpha. The wait to get compensated for their sacrifices in service to their country, is too long. Though recent Alpha posts covered the strides the VA is making to improve a severe backlog of disability claims, it is a daunting task, made more real by a recent Associated Press (AP) …

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New Way to Reduce the Processing Time of VA Disability Claims


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pushing hard to deliver on its promise of taking care of our country’s growing population of veterans, including those with disabling conditions. As troops in Afghanistan are preparing to come home – 23,000 by the end of this summer and the remaining 68,000 by December 2014–it is certain that many will be relying on VA disability benefits. The push is to transform a cumbersome and backlogged disability claims …

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Veterans with PTSD to Receive More Help From the VA


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is obligated to care for veterans. With more military members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the VA is bracing for increased demands on its services. Veterans disability benefits and mental health care are top priorities. PTSD a Growing Mental Health Concern Experts say that between 11 to 20 percent of all veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Not to mention, …

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Tackling the VA Disability Claims Backlog


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says it’s making progress in reducing its disability claims backlog. Unfortunately, the thousands of disabled veterans waiting for VA benefits are not feeling the effects as quickly as they would like. Over a million disability claims pour into the VA every year. They’re coming, not only from veterans home from Iraq and Afghanistan, but also from Vietnam-era veterans who are fighting for the long overdue recognition of diseases related …

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