Veterans’ Million Dollar Man

Vietnam Veteran and Disability Claims Expert Terry Baker in his Elsmere office at the Veterans Hospital

Vietnam Veteran and Disability Claims Expert Terry Baker in his Elsmere office at the Veterans Hospital

Vietnam veteran Terry Baker is used to helping veterans of all conflicts to file service connected disability claims with the Veterans Administration.

In 2011 he helped deserving Delaware military veterans collect more than $1.2M in disability compensation for service related injuries.

He’s been on the job since 1998 when the office opened with the assistance of other volunteers. Since then Delaware veterans have been helped to successfully collect more than $24M in compensation from the federal government.

The operation was the brainchild of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chap. 83, New Castle Co., because of difficulties many veterans were having filling out VA forms for compensation.

“Because the applications involve service-connected disability claims, they must be filled out correctly and the proper documentation provided, or the claim will be rejected,” said Mr. Baker, who considers it his duty to assist fellow veterans with paperwork they often find confusing.

Some of the claims he’s handled have gone on for months and even years.

“I know of applicants who have died waiting for compensation for service related injuries. They were only concerned about their families being taken care of. The last battle a veteran fights should not be with his or her own government,” said Mr. Baker, a Vietnam veteran who served in the US Navy.

Paul Davis, president of the Delaware Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, concurs. “In addition to the good Terry’s done for his brother and sister veterans throughout the years, he’s also benefited the state because the money veterans and their families receive is spent here. His work is a great asset to those who serve. He’s a hero to many and we’re proud of him.”

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