Boots on the Ground working for you

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Boots on the Ground working for you

Legion Wisconsin’s Department Service Office cuts through the red tape for you…

The Voice of a Department Service Officer

The largest retro we attained…

The largest retro we attained for a veteran was a Nehmer case Vietnam veteran with a 1989 denied ischemic heart disease claim. Due to the 1985 Nehmer case the VA had to re-adjudicate his 1989 heart disease case when it was added to the 3.309 presumptive list. He received over $600,000 when it was all done. 


The longest retro was 59 years 11 months.

This was for a WWII Veteran who was service connected in 1949 at 0% for seizures (controlled by medication) due a head wound in service. When I met him and his wife I told him he rated an increase because the law had changed to allow 10% if you required continuous medication to control seizures. The veteran received his medication from the VAMC Milwaukee from the day he returned from service. Consequently, we could show ascertainable increase all the way back to the 1950 law change. Yes, less than a year after he was awarded 0%. His wife was cute when we told her about the over $43,000 retro payment. She said excitedly, that she was going to buy a new TV. We said jokingly, it is your husband’s money you need to ask him. To which she smiled and stated that she thinks she can negotiate it… 


The time I felt I made the most impact: 

A proud WWII Army Veteran was brought in by his wife (not happy about it at all) to see if he had any benefits due him because they were just making it by. She described their day. They got up, she made one egg (which they shared), one piece of toast (which they shared), and they shared a tea bag for breakfast. The rest of the day was similar. I thought to myself that I hope I can find them something. When all was done, they received a large retro-payment and payment of over $1400 each month for 70% service connected disabilities. They eat out quite often now… 

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