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Elder Law Attorney establishes fund for disabled veterans

On March 30, 2016, Elder Law Attorney Javier Centonzio established the Veterans Advocacy Legal Operational Resource (VALOR) Fund at Stetson University College of Law. The VALOR Fund will be used to help veterans seeking disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by covering the costs related to obtaining evidence to support their claims.

Centonzio is a Stetson Law alumnus who graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 2012 and his Masters of Law in Elder Law in 2014. Prior to entering law school, Javier served as an enlisted infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Kansas Army National Guard. During his time at Stetson, he spearheaded many efforts to raise awareness of veterans issues and helped create the Veterans Law Institute (VLI).

One of the components of the VLI is the Veterans Advocacy Clinic, which represents veterans who need free legal help with VA disability benefits appeals. Many veterans who are represented by the Veterans Advocacy Clinic need additional evidence to support their disability claims–such as medical examinations, psychological reports, etc.–but simply cannot afford this additional expense. The sole purpose of the VALOR Fund is to provide direct support to these veterans and claimants by eliminating the financial obstacles that may prevent them from obtaining the evidence they need to win their appeals.

For more information about the VALOR Fund or to make a donation please contact Elder Law Attorney Javier Centonzio at jac@wclawfl.com. For more information about the Veterans Law Institute please click here.

Javier Centonzio graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2012 with his J.D. and received his Masters of Law (LLM) in Elder Law in 2014. He is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is also a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the Kansas Army National Guard. Javier lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and proudly serves the Pinellas County area. His office is conveniently located in Largo, Florida, in the center of Pinellas County.