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August 15, 2013 -Veterans deserve representation for claims
A Veterans Administration policy is adversely affecting veterans because it does not allow them to choose their own representation in VA matters from start to finish. That policy needs to change.
I am an attorney who helps veterans. I enlisted at the age of 19 and served in the Marines in the Vietnam War. I was blinded in combat and received a Purple Heart. Since I finished my education and law school, I have passionately helped disabled veterans get the VA benefits they earned.
As a legal advocate for disabled veterans, I am dismayed by the staggering statistics: of the 1.6 million returning veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, nearly one-half of them have at least one war-related injury.
The sad thing about these numbers is these veterans and others don't receive VA benefits because they either don't apply or they get frustrated by the complex claims process and quit pursuing their claims before completion of their appeals.
Read more at the Charleston Daily Mail
November 24, 2012 - Veteran Turned Advocate
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — David Huffman has helped thousands of military veterans seeking disability benefits navigate the complex, often slow and at times frustrating claims process. The Wood County lawyer can relate: he was a 19-year-old Marine in Vietnam when a booby trap blinded him.
As if getting through college and law school without sight weren't challenges enough, Huffman has begun a new quest: convincing the U.S. government to change the way it allows lawyers to handle veteran disability claims.
Huffman is targeting the policy for claims, revised in 2007, that says a veteran can hire a lawyer for a fee only after a claim has been rejected. He supports what he hopes becomes a national movement, Veterans for Full Representation, which is seeking nonprofit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and recently launched a website.