The State Journal Register
December 3, 2020


A South Jacksonville attorney has published a handbook and created a website designed to assist veterans and others navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, health care and other benefits.

Tyson Manker, the author of the “VA Handbook for Veterans and Advocates” (AuthorHouse), is a Marine Corps infantry combat veteran of the Iraq War.

Manker has advocated at local, state and national levels on issues like veterans treatment courts, discharge upgrades and VA reform.

The handbook provides a “beginning-to-end” explanation of the claims process, from gathering records and speaking with accredited individuals to filing a claim for benefits and appealing improper denials.

Manker experienced his own frustrations with the VA and wanted to make sure other veterans are equipped with the necessary information so they can get the benefits they deserve.

VA Handbook for Veterans and Advocates. Website.

Manker was part of a 2018 national class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic that sought recognition for numbers of veterans who had “bad paper” or less than honorable discharges because of post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues. Many of those who were discharged that way were stripped of veterans benefits.

The lawsuit is still pending.

The book is available through or https://va-handbook.com/.


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