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A Veteran’s Story

Helping veterans get the disability benefits they deserve is what our law firm does every day. We’ve helped hundreds of veterans get the benefits they are rightfully entitled to. We would like to share one veteran’s story with you.

Our client was in the United States Army from 1974 to 1977 specializing in Firecrew-Mortar; in 1977 he was honorably discharged. Because of a series of traumatic events that occurred while our client was on active duty he developed a number of problems; anxiety, depression, flashbacks to name a few. Our client dreamed of being a career soldier but served only 3 years active duty.

Before our client entered into the military he was known to be pleasant, outgoing and athletic, but when he returned something had changed. When he returned from the military he was irritable, jumpy and isolated himQuote for blogself from everyone. He no longer participated in family functions, played sports or attended neighborhood gatherings. Over the years his anxiety and depression worsened and he developed suicidal thoughts. He was unable to socialize or work around others, which hindered his ability to function in everyday life or hold down a job.

Our client filed a disability claim for these disorders in 2007 and was granted a rating for his condition in 2013, more than 6 years later. When he received his rating of 30% he decided to file an appeal and that’s when we were able to step in and help this veteran.

In our appeal we assisted with obtaining an increased rating for “acquired psychiatric condition” from 30% to 70% with an effective date of 2007. We were able to get our client 8 ½ years of back payment for this increased rating. He was also deemed unemployable at the 100% rating with an effective date in 2009. The overall award granted was over $220,000.

No veteran should go it alone. It’s important that if you’re battling the VA that you have an experienced advocate by your side. Our firm has a strong military presence; with 4 of our attorneys being veterans, we understand what you’re going through and are dedicated to helping you every step of the way.

If you need assistance appealing your veterans disability benefits claim, call us at 866-866-VETS or submit an online form for a free consultation. 

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  • Thank to Mr. Spencer I was able to get my VA disability claim re-reviewed and given another chance to receive disability. By far he is one of the most professional lawyers I have ever dealt with. So Veterans if you are looking for help with your VA disability claim I would suggest that you hire Macari, Russotto, Spencer, & Balaban. Thanks again for everything.

    — Alfred Daye

  • As a disabled veteran trying to navigate the complexities of the Veterans Administrations regulations, I turned to the law firm of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban. They helped me understand what I needed to do and prepared and presented to the VA an excellent presentation of my case. I recommend them for your legal needs.

    — Harry Johnson

  • I was very satisfied with the excellent and professional manner the law firm handled my claim. I highly recommend any veteran who needs help with his or her claim to use Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. Special thanks to Mr Spencer for being very professional and courteous during the appeal process. Again Thanks to the entire firm for a job well done!

    — Luther Henderson

  • My husband & I highly recommend this law form to any veteran trying to navigate the endless red tape of the VA. We turned to Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to handle my husband's appeal and could not have been happier. We enjoyed open and consistent communication regarding our case. Any questions we had were answered immediately.

    — Michele DeZayas

  • Amanda Medina-Morales was our point of contact and she kept us up to date on the progress of our case. It was a pleasure and relief knowing that someone truly competent and professional was handling this and fighting for us.

    — Michele DeZayas

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