Veteran Law

Protecting Veterans - - Worldwide with VA Claims

The Law Office of Robert B. Goss' Motto says it all:

Protecting those who have protected us.

As of June 2007, disabled veterans are now able to hire an attorney immediately after filing a Notice of Disagreement at the VA regional office (VARO). Historically, veterans could not hire attorneys to provide their legal representation until the later phases of their appeals process taking years to complete. Hiring an attorney early in the VA appeal process allows the veteran a better opportunity to present a well developed claim-file supporting the veteran's claim.

As a disabled veteran myself, I personally know the sacrifices a service member and their families have endured and given up to protect the country and our allies. I enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1982, graduated from Officer Training School, Undergraduate Pilot training, and deployed all over the world to include Guam, Australia, Korea, Japan, the Middle East for Desert Storm 1, Desert Thunder, and Desert Fox in my military career. My mission now is to help you navigate and prove your claims to receive your VA Compensation and Benefits.

Law Change allows you to hire an attorney:

Veterans, you may now hire an attorney to help you with your claims against the VA. Public Law 109-461, The Veterans Benefits and Health Care and Information Technology Act of 2006, now allows you to hire an attorney after you send in a notice of disagreement after receiving a VA rating you disagree with or receive a VA denial for a benefit with your respective case from the VA Regional Office.

As a retired Air Force Officer, Combat Pilot, and disabled veteran my goal is to help you receive the benefits that you have earned including:

  • VA claims after Regional Office denial
  • VA disability ratings
  • VA Benefits

Helping veterans is this firm's passion. This passion comes from being hurt on active duty and becoming a disabled veteran required to fight for benefits from the VA. We understand your issues having gone through the frustrations and years of claims, denials, and appeals to receive VA benefits. All members of this firm strive to help veterans win their claims.

Why you should hire an attorney:
The average service organization representative has over 1,000 claims . An attorney on the other hand will only take the number of veterans claims the firm can provide competent and expert legal assistance to at any particular time. Next, attorneys do not rely on the VA to develop the evidence to support the claim. The Law Office of Robert B. Goss uses medical professionals to ensure each and every claim by the veteran meets the standard of proof required by the Board of Veterans Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The goal is to prove the claim at the lowest level possible for the veteran, but at the same time prepare for any judicial proceedings.

Board of Veteran Appeals (BVA) & U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)
Both the BVA and CAVC appellate process are legal proceedings governed by Title 38 of the U.S. Code and additionally the Code of Federal Regulations Title 38 -- Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans Relief, directs the Department of Veteran Affairs. This firm will help veterans with valid claims present your legal arguments and documentation showing your entitlement to compensation, benefits or pension. The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. will review your claim file and medical evidence and prepare your claim for the VARO appeal, the Board of Veterans Affairs, or the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

  • To receive a service connection disability rating, you must first be a veteran, during your service have suffered a disease, injury, event, or aggravated a pre-existing condition through your service. The resulting disability must have a nexus to your current existing medical disability. This connects the service disability to your current disability.
    • o A few examples of service disabilities or injuries are being shot, losing an eye due to an accident or war, or asthma being aggravated by work conditions.
  • After the requirement of being a veteran, the second requirement is the veteran must have suffered a disease, injury or event while on active duty.
  • The third requirement is this disease, injury or event incurred or aggravated by your service must have a connection to an existing medical condition / disability.
  • Medical records and expert medical testimony are the best ways to prove these claims. Medical records are evidence. The first place to look to prove these conditions and disabilities are your service medical records or in some cases your service record.
    • For example, your service records proving you received a Combat Infantry Badge can prove you are a combat veteran. Coupling the evidence from your service record with your medical records is how a current disability may be linked to a service incurred or aggravated disease, injury, or event in service proves a service-connected disability.
  • There are different forms of evidence that the Board and the Court will accept. The best evidence, in most instances, is a medical report or testimony from a medical professional/expert STATING that you received an injury or aggravation of a condition while serving in the service. The famous line that the disability "is more likely than not a result of the patient's service injury or condition" is often cited by veterans. Having a medical professional state this claim, however, becomes evidence.
    • For example, a clean bullet wound may have left a scar entering and exiting. The scar and any resulting disability to the veteran is the current medical condition.

Board of Corrections for Military Records (BCMR)
The Board for Correction of Military Records is governed by Title 10 of the U.S. Code. The key here is presenting relevant and material evidence to the Board. The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., will work to gather statements or evidence to prove there was administrative or legal error to your service record that harmed your career.

The Department of Veteran Affairs
The Department of Veteran Affairs grants entitlement benefits to veterans for service-connected disabilities, survivor benefits, pensions for non-service connected disabilities, and other benefits such as education payments and waiver of indebtedness. Upon notification of the extent of benefits available to each individual veteran, he or she has the right to appeal the decision if he or she believes the benefits to be less than that which is entitled. The appeals process is lengthy and daunting, requiring veterans to abide by precise standards, or else the appeal is thrown out. Historically, veterans were not allowed legal representation until the latter phases of the appeals process. However, as of June 20, 2007, disabled veterans are now able to hire an attorney immediately after filing an appeal with the court. The dramatically changes the appeals process, providing further benefits for veterans and simultaneously creating a large demand for lawyers skilled in dealing with veterans' affairs.

National Data
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 23.8 million living veterans in the United States and approximately 37 million dependents of living veterans and survivors of deceased veterans. Combined, these groups represent 20% of the country's total population. Moreover, 60% of all veterans live in urban areas of the United States, with the highest concentration of veterans divided between California, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, respectively (these six states account for 36% of the total veteran population). As of December 2007, 2.9 million veterans were receiving VA disability compensation, 321,859 veterans were receiving VA pensions, and 318,667 spouses of veterans were receiving benefits.1



1 United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Fact Sheets. Obtained at: www.va.gov.

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