VETERAN AFFAIRS: Why choose Parmele?

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Almost five years ago, Parmele Law Firm (PLF) entered the arena of Veteran Affairs (VA) disability. What began with just a few claimants and a 1-man legal team has grown into a 10-person specialty-trained team that has helped over 100 Veterans either win their VA appeal or increase their VA disability percentage.

If you are a Veteran looking for legal representation or assistance with a claim, there are a number of options available to you. Today, we would like to focus on why choosing the VA team of PLF should be your first step in the right direction.



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Did you know that legal representation does not have to be accredited through the Department of Veteran Affairs to assist you with your claim? To us, that is scary! It also means that if you chose representation that is not VA accredited, they cannot legally represent you before the VA. WARNING!! DANGER WILL ROBINSON! DO NOT, under any circumstance, hire an attorney that is not VA-accredited!

The VA attorneys at PLF have met the qualifications the Department of Veterans Affairs set for competency to handle VA compensation and pension claims. We also do not outsource any of our work. Your veteran’s disability claim will always be handled by Parmele attorneys and staff.


Parmele Law Firm charges a contingency fee to represent a veteran before the Department of Veterans Affairs. This means our fee is based on how much retroactive benefits we recover for you. This structure incentivizes us to get you as much backpay as legally possible. It also means you do not pay a dime unless we recover retroactive benefits for you. Parmele Law Firm – Veteran Affairs also does not charge you a set fee for representation before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. As with representation before the Department of Veterans Affairs, we only get paid if we are successful in securing a win. In most claims, we will file for Equal Access to Justice Act reimbursement on your behalf if we are successful and rely on it for payment. Again, there is no cost to you if we lose.

Parmele Law Firm does, however, charge a set fee for military discharge upgrades. Unlike compensation claims, there are no retroactive payments for successfully upgrading a discharge type.  What we charge is dependent on the facts of your claim and will be discussed with you for full disclosure.


Navigating the VA compensation system is difficult. It has become even more difficult with the introduction of the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA). The AMA introduced multiple lanes a veteran can choose when appealing a rating decision. Our attorneys will review the facts of your disability claim and give you personalized advice on which lane is best for you to take to obtain a quick resolution of your claim.


Parmele Law Firm has grown, evolved, and changed over the last three decades. However, one thing that has not changed is our commitment to fighting for our clients. We are not afraid to appeal claims and fight for every dollar of benefits our clients deserve, including filing claims in federal court. Over 700 Veterans have reached out to PLF regarding their disability claims, and over 700 have said they could not imagine navigating such a confusing, long, tedious process on their own.

If you are a Veteran looking to appeal a disability claim or to increase your disability percentage, contact the VA team at PLF to schedule your no-cost consultation: 417-616-2691. We don’t get paid unless you win. What have you got to lose?

Parmele Law Firm – Veteran Affairs. Standing with you. Fighting for you.

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