Veterans aren’t required to retain an attorney when negotiating with administrative authorities in the military on issues related to their post-service lives. Whether it’s appealing an undesirable disability ratings score or going before a review board to change military records, veterans are granted the authority to speak on their own behalf.
Is this really your best option?
Think of your service-connected disabilities. Though you ultimately have the best understanding of how injuries sustained during your service career affect your day-to-day life, you still need the professional diagnosis and treatment of a physician. You will also rely on documentation from your physician when applying for disability benefits from the VA and Social Security.
Just as it wouldn’t serve your best interests to manage your own diagnosis and treatment after a major injury, attempting to navigate the complex administrative and legal issues of applying for a change to your discharge status is the sort of mistake that could have a long and far-ranging impact on future opportunities.
Hiring an attorney means aligning yourself with an advocate who knows the system and can speak its language. Other ways legal representation can help your discharge upgrade case include:
- Help you determine if you have a viable reason to change discharge status or your military records.
- Establishing with the board how it will serve justice to accept your request.
- Coach you in what to say and how to say it, protecting your permanent military record from undesirable information.
- Overall, improving your chances of succeeding in this notoriously difficult task.
If you are a Texas veteran hoping to obtain a military discharge upgrade during the process of applying for VA disability benefits, know that working with a Dallas VA benefits attorney is in your best interests. Contact the compassionate team at Morgan & Weisbrod by calling 800-800-6353 today.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.