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Triumph for Justice: WWII Veteran’s 4-Year Retroactive Benefits Victory

In a recent triumph for justice, Disability Law Group proudly shines a spotlight on Partner Mandy Kelly’s extraordinary success in securing four years of retroactive benefits for a 96-year-old World War II veteran. This heartwarming victory unveils the challenges faced by veterans of that era, particularly the obstacles encountered in obtaining their rightful benefits.

The Case:

The 96-year-old World War II veteran, despite demonstrating valor in his service, encountered difficulties accessing the benefits rightfully owed to him. Veterans from this generation often faced challenges in seeking treatment, resulting in undiagnosed conditions later used against them in benefit claims.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) emerged as a significant factor in this case. Many WWII veterans, lacking proper treatment or diagnosis, found themselves without the necessary evidence to support benefit claims. The VA had denied the veteran’s PTSD claim, citing a lack of medical documentation—a consequence of the veteran’s struggle to access treatment during a time of limited mental health awareness.

Our Attorney’s Dedication:

Partner Mandy Kelly, a fervent advocate for veterans’ rights, accepted the challenge. Recognizing the unjust denial, she went above and beyond to assist the veteran in obtaining a private medical evaluation. This evaluation contradicted the VA’s stance, providing crucial evidence of the veteran’s PTSD that had gone unrecognized for decades.

The Victory:

Mandy Kelly’s unwavering commitment to justice paid off, as Disability Law Group successfully secured four years of retroactive benefits for the 96-year-old veteran. This victory not only acknowledges the veteran’s sacrifices but also establishes a precedent for challenging systemic barriers faced by many World War II veterans in their pursuit of rightful benefits.

Not Just Another Veterans Attorney:

Disability Law Group remains steadfast in advocating for veterans’ rights and individuals facing disability challenges. If you or a loved one struggles to obtain the benefits deserved, do not hesitate to reach out. Our experienced team is here to fight for you. Contact Disability Law Group today at 800-838-1100, and let us be the voice that ensures justice prevails. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of those who have served our country with honor and valor.

Author: Erika A. Riggs

Attorney Erika A. Riggs, a partner at Disability Law Group, is a renowned legal advocate and community leader. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Erika co-founded The 313 Project, a non-profit providing scholarships and pro-bono legal advice for at-risk youth. She actively contributes to community well-being as a board member and community activist, spearheading pro bono events and volunteer initiatives. Erika specializes in Social Security Disability and Veterans’ disability benefits. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Erika has received accolades such as the ‘Oakland Together 40 Under 40’ Class of 2023, 2022 ABA On the Rise Top 40 Young Lawyer award, eight consecutive Avvo’s Client Choice awards, and the esteemed 2023 Rising Star award for the sixth consecutive year by Super Lawyers (extended to less than 2.5% of attorneys practicing in Michigan). Her multifaceted achievements showcase her commitment to excellence, community service, and advocacy for those in need.