Veteran’s Assistance Disability Attorneys

Obtaining VA disability benefits for a disabled veteran is a complicated, lengthy process. You should not be discouraged, however, in trying to obtain your benefits. There are several steps required for a veteran in trying to obtain his or her disability benefits. The following is a general review of the process:

Applying for VA Disability

A veteran must submit an application for compensation. The claim that the veteran files must be submitted to the appropriate regional office in the state where the veteran lives. For Alabama veterans who live in Alabama, the VA regional office is located at

345 Perry Hill Road
Montgomery, AL

For veterans outside of the state of Alabama, you must file your claim in your own state’s VA regional office.

Once the claim is submitted to the regional office, the VA will review the veteran’s application and then it will issue a ratings decision stating whether the veteran is eligible or not for VA disability benefits.

Appealing the Denial of Benefits

If the veteran is denied benefits or if the veteran is not given the rating of benefits he or she believes is correct, the veteran then can appeal his or her case to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). To appeal a case to the BVA, the veteran must file a notice of disagreement explaining why the veteran disagrees with the rating decision to the regional office. This notice of disagreement must be filed by the veteran with the regional office within one year of the rating decision. In response to the notice of disagreement, the VA will issue a statement of the case. The veteran must then file a completed VA Form 9 (VA Form 9 (click here to download one now) – requires acrobat reader) to the regional office to perfect his or her appeal. It is a good idea when filing the notice of disagreement VA Form 9 to attach any additional medical information or any other documents that you want the VA to consider in deciding your case. ALWAYS mail your notice of disagreement and VA Form 9 by certified mail, return receipt requested, and keep a copy of everything you send and receive!

Taking it to the US Court of Appeals

If the BVA denies a veterans claim or does not give the veteran the decision he or she desires, then the veteran can appeal his or her case in court to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. This appeal must be filed within 120 days of the BVA’s decision.

Our Firm Can Help You

Attorney Ron Sykstus is a former Captain with the United States Army Judge Advocates General’s Corps. Mr. Sykstus previously served both on active duty and in the United States Army Reserve in all capacities as a Judge Advocate General, including trial prosecution, trial defense, and all areas of military legal assistance. As an honorably discharged veteran, Mr. Sykstus has a keen understanding of what veterans go through during this process. In his law practice, he not only assists soldiers and civilians with regard to security clearance cases, but he also handles all aspects of VA disability cases as well. Ron also served as a co-author of Navigating Legal Issues for Military Veterans. Mr. Sykstus represents disabled veterans in Alabama and throughout the United States. If you would like a free initial review and consultation of your case, please contact Mr. Sykstus today!

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Attorney Ron Sykstus
Huntsville Location
225 Pratt Avenue NE
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 1-877-581-3396

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Alabama Offices


2107 5th Avenue North
Age-Herald Building
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: (205) 802-2200

Shelby County Location
15 Southlake Lane, Ste 140
Birmingham, AL 35244
Phone: (205) 802-2200

Florence Location
121 S. Court Street
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 760-1010

Huntsville Location
225 Pratt Avenue NE
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 539-9899

Montgomery Location
311 Catoma Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 264-3363

Decatur Location
605 Bank Street
Decatur, AL 35601
Phone: (256) 355-2447

Haleyville Location
914 19th St.
Haleyville, AL 35565
Phone: (205) 486-3580

Gadsden Location
430-B Chestnut Street
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 485-0195

Opelika Location
216 South 8th Street
Opelika 36801
Phone: (334) 887-7666

Anniston Location
1302 Noble St #2C
Anniston, AL 36201
Phone: (256) 344-3559

Cullman Location
200 Second Avenue SW
Cullman, AL 35055
Phone: (256) 739-9866

Mississippi Offices

Jackson Location
120 Southpointe Dr., A
Byram, MS 39272
Phone: (601) 353-5000

Hattiesburg Location
607 Corinne St, Ste B8
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: (601) 353-5000

Vicksburg Location
1212 Farmer Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: (601) 353-5000

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