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Is Alpha Affiliated with the Veterans Administration? And is that Important?

Recently, I got this e-mail from a fellow veteran:

“I checked with the DAV of which I am a life member and they said to stay away from you and your organization as you are not affiliated with the VA.  What say you to these allegations?”

This is my answer:

I’m not sure why DAV would advise you to stay away from us other than we are a leading competitor helping veterans all over the country win their disability claims.

It’s not important for Alpha as an organization to be accredited by the VA because the VA accredits each of our individual advocates who will be representing you.  This is an advantage of working with an Alpha advocate.  Each and every one of us receives the required training and passes the VA’s Office of General Council’s (OGC) accreditation test.

This is not true of organizations like the DAV.  For them, they are accredited at the organization level.  So a National Service Officer (NSO) with the DAV is not independently accredited through the VA, and is not required to pass the VA’s Office of General Council’s (OGC) accreditation test to represent veterans.

Again, all Alpha advocates are independently accredited by the VA, verifiable at the VA’s Web site www.va.gov. The VA certainly recognizes our advocacy services. The Advocate’s fee is subject to review by the VA’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC). The VA/OGC generally considers a fee of 20% of the retroactive award as a reasonable payment and we agree. Subject to the review of the OGC, and only if we win an appeal, your Alpha Advocate will be paid a one time fee of 20% of your retroactive award. We do not charge for initial applications.

I want to emphasize that Alpha advocates also undergo specialized training headed by an experienced former VSO who is also a DAV life member. All Alpha advocates, I’m proud to say, are highly trained in VA laws and regulations and we’re very dedicated to helping our fellow veterans get the compensation they deserve. And most of us are disabled too, so we know how the VA works.

Frankly, I’m very proud to be an Alpha advocate and I’d be proud to help you if you think you’re not getting the attention you deserve from the VA.

Thank you.

– Robert, Alpha Advocate

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.

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7 comments to “Is Alpha Affiliated with the Veterans Administration? And is that Important?”

  • Garland Wayne Johnson, February 18, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I am a Disabled Veteran with the amputation of my left leg and a number of other injuries that occured in Korea in 1976 and the VA is calling it willful mis-conduct.
    The Army says that it was in the line of duty and granted me 50% Disability.
    Now, the VA have discovered that in 2002 or 2003 that I contacted Hep.C through a blood transfusion, that I had in Korea in 1976, and now Cancer of the liver, because they did nothing about it. The VA awarded me 50% Disabled and went all the back to 2009.
    The VA sent me to VA-Vanderbuilt in Nashville, Tenn. and they told me that I need a liver transplant, so they put me on the transplant list.
    I have applied for a higher rating but look for another rejection letter.
    I may not live for the years it will take going through the process,.
    Do you feel like you and your team could help me?
    I have also applied for SSI and rejected, I think that the VA and the SSI put Veterans off so long and hope they will die, so they can just close the case.

  • Alpha, February 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Garland,
    Yes. It certainly sounds like a case we can help you with. And we hope you’ll give us that opportunity.

  • Laura Dobbins, April 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Hello just read the article about your affiliation with VA. Went to VA site to look up my Alpha advocate, not listed. Plugged in ALpha not listed.

    So where on the VA site do we look? Thank you

  • Alpha, April 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Laura, please check this link: http://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp and type the name of your Alpha advocate into the search.

  • Laura Dobbins, April 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you Alpha as you stated my advocate is credited and listed under the VA website you provided.

    Thank you, I wasn’t looking in the right place.

    Laura

  • fred hott, July 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I am 80% I have a 2010 bva appeal a 2013 appeal and a 2013 nod and turned down for iu-think you can help me-the dav does nothing for me

  • Alpha, July 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Fred,

    Alpha may be able to assist you. I recommend speaking to one of our eligibily consultants. They will ask you a few questions about your time in the services and determine your eligibility for additional VA Benefits. I hope you will give us a call at (877) 611-7724. Good luck!

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