When I talk to veterans about their experiences, I hear some of the very same experiences I’ve had. I can understand what they’ve gone through. But I also have a medical background that allows me to relate to their medical illnesses and problems as well.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL (PRWEB) September 28, 2010
The Florida law firm of Gordon & Doner has announced the addition of its Veterans Disability Division, which will serve veterans with legitimate claims who have not received the disability checks that they rightfully deserve.
Josh Stone, an Accredited Non-Attorney Claims Representative/Agent for benefits within the Department of Veterans Affairs and a veteran himself, will lead the division, the firm says.
Stone served in the U.S. Navy and was deployed overseas on multiple occasions with the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat medic. Since that time, he has worked in the healthcare field as a licensed nurse in the state of West Virginia and as a veterans’ claims representative.
“When I talk to veterans about their experiences, I hear some of the very same experiences I’ve had. I can understand what they’ve gone through,” says Stone, who is a member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA). “But I also have a medical background that allows me to relate to their medical illnesses and problems as well.”
Florida, with a population of 1.7 million veterans, ranks behind only California for being the home to the largest population of veterans, the U.S. Census shows.
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have greatly increased the ranks of armed forces veterans filing disability claims. As the number of claims by veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines has increased, so have the wrongful denials and the backlog of claims requests.
The disability compensation program administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration provides monthly benefits in recognition of disabilities, diseases or injuries that occurred or were aggravated by active duty. There are a number of disability benefits available to veterans.
According to the VA, the most prevalent service-related disabilities listed by veterans who began receiving claims during 2009 were tinnitus, hearing loss, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cervical strain, tendon inflammation, knee problems, degenerative arthritis of the spine, diabetes, scars and traumatic arthritis.
About Gordon & Doner
The Florida law firm of Gordon & Doner has been serving the community for more than 17 years, with offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, Pembroke Pines and Fort Lauderdale. The firm’s practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, workers’ compensation and immigration law in addition to veterans’ disability claims. To learn more about the firm’s Veterans Disability Division, call Gordon & Doner at (561) 799-5070 or use its convenient online form.