If the veteran is dissatisfied, as many are with the traditional state or veterans' organization representation from start to finish, he has no alternative under the current law.
I strongly believe veterans have the Constitutional right to enter into an agreement to have an attorney or other professional represent them from start to finish and handle all of their claims, regardless of how many disability issues surface or how long it takes without any Constitutional or ethical issues.
Because this VA policy is a business fairness issue for me, and more importantly, a policy that adversely affects veterans, I am working to publicly advocate for change.
With the help of others who share my view, including many veterans, we have formed a nationwide nonprofit veterans membership organization, called Vets for Full Representation Inc. VFFR is based in Parkersburg.
We are speaking with our West Virginia congressional delegation and we hope to secure their support for introducing legislation to effect this change.
I invite you to visit the website, www.vets4fullrepresentation.com.
I considered it a high privilege to have honorably served my country in combat. I am equally honored to serve other disabled veterans now through my law practice and through the nonprofit organization.
Veterans who served deserve to be heard. They deserve the right to full representation now.
David L. Huffman is a Parkersburg attorney and board member for Vets for Full Representation.