United Spinal's VetsFirst: Seventy Years of Expertise Supporting Wounded Veterans and Advocating for the Disabled Community

Jan 29, 2016, 09:10 ET from United Spinal Association

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's VetsFirst program provides wounded and all classes of veterans with the tools they need to be successful in receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VetsFirst works to ensure wounded and non-wounded veterans, their spouses, dependent family members and survivors receive healthcare, compensation, rehabilitation, and other benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ask VetsFirst, the call center and online help desk, connects with over 2,000 veterans and their caregivers annually, offering assistance with questions on military separation, claims appeals, and state benefits.

"The Ask VetsFirst program stands out as unique in offering accessible information, resources and timely, comprehensive live support," said Ross Meglathery, MPA, and director of VetsFirst.

"In a time where veterans are openly frustrated given the lack of responsiveness and complex bureaucracy of the VA, Ask VetsFirst provides clarity and moves them closer to their entitled benefits," he added.

VetsFirst's services are performed at no cost to the wounded and all veterans for whom they serve. 

About VetsFirst
VetsFirst advocates for laws and regulations that are beneficial to veterans and their families. Our staff works to secure the benefits that our veterans and their family members need and have earned. We advocate nationally for all generations of veterans, including individuals living with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. 

About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

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