Veterans Holding the VA

Through persistence, creativity and experience, our office will pursue good faith claims to the fullest extent by holding the VA accountable for their errors and omissions


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We are a group of individuals who have served our country, and who understand firsthand the feeling of being ignored and overlooked. Our primary goal is to be a voice for veterans and to hold the VA and Congress accountable for the sacrifices they have asked us to make. We are committed to persistently fighting against the VA's denials to ensure that each veteran's story is heard and acknowledged. Our passion for this cause was ignited after experiencing our own claims being denied and prosecuted. It became clear to us that the VA's self-executing, legislative intent was not the reality, and that many veterans were likely facing similar struggles. As a result, we founded this firm with the intention of making a positive change. We believe that education, research, and a deep understanding of the history of each claim is essential to helping veterans with disabilities in their fight for recognition and compensation.


How We Can Help

We handle all matters involving the Department of veterans affairs to include, disability and compensation; pension; survivor’s claims; educational assistance; discharge upgrades; correction of military records; etc.

Disabilities /

For all injuries sustained on active duty, that developed due to exposures or that had a late onset; presumptive conditions; and, those that fall under theories of a secondary basis.



Survivor benefits are available to spouses, children, and dependent parents of veterans who died while on active duty, as well as those who died as a result of a service-connected disability or illness.


Accrued benefits refer to a wide range of compensation and services available to military veterans who have served their country. They are designed to assist veterans with various needs, such as healthcare, housing, and employment.


Correction of Military Records

Sometimes everyone else in your unit was awarded the proper ribbons and medals but your DD-214 is left bare. You can request to correct your awards, ribbons and medals if you rate them. We can help you file for this correction.

We've Been There, That's Why
Our Team is Here to Help

We've Been There, That's Why Our Team is Here to Help

The key is in the history of every veteran’s service. The history of when and where they served. That is what the VA seems to ignore. The Veterans Affairs Law team is unique in that we have lived the military experience, seen the VA for what it is, and then choose to advocate for our brothers and sisters. This fight for us is personal because each veteran’s story is personal. We are designed to promote the facts of each veteran’s foundation of service and ensure that the VA recognizes these realities. That way, we can better support arguments for service connection.
Vince SantangeloVince Santangelo
18:14 22 Feb 24
Extremely grateful for Bill and his team. Their unwavering efforts made the whole process simple and straight to the point resulting in the best possible outcome. Thank you very much to my fellow Marine and his staff. Semper Fidelis
Josh KJosh K
06:12 20 Feb 24
I've known Bill for a few years now, but was too proud to ask for help in my claims with the VA. In two years of working with him and his staff, I went from having no idea what I was doing, calling out of work due to the issues I had lingering from my time in and having that loss of stability, to having a 100% rating after the VA messed up my process a few times. Bill and his staff never made me feel like an inconvenience, no matter what, and always were there to help me. This has allowed me the ability to not stress about taking care of myself and my family, and while I wish I did not have to use him, I'm happy to know that I am taken care of now thanks to him. Also, he knows his way around the VA system and keeps them accountable for their own screw ups, which as a veteran feels more than great. Just have to say thanks once again, although I don't think I can ever say it enough!
Dan EDan E
21:48 09 Feb 24
Bill and Team are AWESOME!! I waited too many years to file claims. When I did, the Team took the bull by the horns and lifted me to 80% (still not done). While that is a great thing, it's sad to be that broken. Bill's team is enthusiastic, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable... I could go on and on! Thank you Veterans Affairs Law for all you do!
James BarnesJames Barnes
21:23 09 Feb 24
I’m so thankful for Brian and the team working on my case and keeping me informed with everything and still working on it to try to better results. So once again THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING
Jim KarrJim Karr
16:56 05 Feb 24
Bill and his team fight tirelessly for veterans and the benefits we have earned. I was skeptical when I reached out, fearing another vet equivalent to an ambulance chaser. I couldn't have been more wrong!! They were honest, methodical, and focused in their mission to provide outstanding service to those who have earned it. I would unequivocally recommend Veterans Affairs Law for any representation with the VA.
Hayli BhatiaHayli Bhatia
16:09 02 Feb 24
Thank you to the entire team! My husband had fought and fought for an earlier effective date but was unsuccessful until he reached out to the Veteran Affairs Law, P.A. team. They quickly gathered all the evidence and assisted my husband in submitting everything. We recently received a call from Mr. Sterbinsky informing us they had successfully got the earlier effective date for my husband. Thank you again and we highly recommend working with Mr. Sterbinsky!
Old Florida OutdoorsOld Florida Outdoors
15:54 02 Feb 24
The hard work they’ve all put in was selfless! Such a fine group of veterans helping other veterans get what they deserve!! I’ll forever be grateful For what bill has done for me and changing my life! No words could articulate the gratitude I have for Bill and his crew at Veterans affairs law! 10/10 recommend
Lee AlessiLee Alessi
02:36 24 Jan 24
I’ve personally used Bill Sterbinski on my complex VA claim after getting nowhere myself with appeals and reviews. He got me the results I deserved and continues to help me and is currently helping numerous referrals I have sent his way!
04:47 22 Jan 24
Mr. Sterbinsky and his team are extremely dedicated, competent attorneys who are committed to assisting veterans so they may receive the benefits they deserve from their sacrifice from their time in the U.S. military. Many veterans get denied claims for disabilities they sustained from service connected injuries they obtained while serving their country, simply because they are unaware of the correct process required in order to receive the benefits they are due. This is precisely what happened to me personally. A few years ago, I filed my initial claims for VA disability benefits. There was no instruction, no guidance, or other support for me as I filed. Therefore, I did not know how to properly file my VA claims and was consequently denied most of the claims I submitted. However, a few months ago, I enlisted the help of Mr. Sterbinsky and his team to support me legally in the matter of filing my claims again. They were extremely professional, prompt in their communication, ethical in practice, and successful in their efforts. I recently received news that I was awarded more disability percentage than I originally received, as well as retroactive pay for a few claims that were denied. I would highly recommend Veterans Affairs Law, P.A. to any vet searching for legal assistance to receive the monetary compensation due for his or her sacrifice for our country.
joe Prangerjoe Pranger
13:46 13 Jan 24
22:25 11 Jan 24
Bill and his team are the best. They worked hard to help me with my claims and the result was 100 percent worth it! I cannot recommend them enough!
Blair GarretBlair Garret
17:56 28 Dec 23
From the very start Bill and his team made me feel welcome and appreciated. The time and attention to detail handling my issue was unmatched.Over the course of almost a year of going back and forth I was always kept up to date and I felt like the team here would literally go to war for me.I would recommend that if you are a veteran or family member of a veteran dealing with the VA or benefits. Look no further, your best interest is #1 priority with this team.
Mary DaltonMary Dalton
14:31 23 Dec 23
My VA quest began in 2017. All my efforts were denied until 2022 when my local VFW referred me to William (Bill) Sterbinsky. Now that Bill and his team of warm, dedicated Veteran staff took me under their wing, I now stand at 100%. May God Bless Bill, Carly, Chris and Marina! Review by Dana Dalton
Jonathan BhatiaJonathan Bhatia
04:47 13 Dec 23
After struggling to get compensation for so long, I was tired of the process and ready to give up. I was referred Bill and his team and I couldn’t be happier that I was. Bill helped me receive the compensation I deserved and kept me educated and informed every step of the way. My family and I can’t thank Bill and his team enough for the work they put in to fighting for me and ensuring my claim was handled effectively and efficiently. I highly recommend working with Bill and his team to ensure your claim will be in great hands and with someone who will not give up in the fight for your benefits.
Peter GlaudePeter Glaude
18:18 09 Dec 23
Owners are very nice and so are their staff.
Jesus TiradoJesus Tirado
01:40 06 Dec 23
After 15 years active duty I fought for 3 years avidly with the VA.May 2021 represented by VSO and VA representatives in Clarksvill and Nashville,TN. To no avail, one rep was fired or quit and left me in limbo for 5 months, called after emails bounced back saying no address available, to wait 2 months for a new rep and had denied on her appeal 4 months later.July 2022. Wounded warrior projrct of Nashville/Clarksville, TN? What a joke, numbers given to call only asked for donations. Left messages over a year ago still waiting on assistance.June 2023. Bill and his staff worked avidly and after 5 months to get me fully compensated; with back pay. I am filled with peace, humble to have had a great experience of being represented, respected and assured with empathy and compassion I was in good hands.They got me justice so my injuries would be addressed and I would be able to rest alittle easier my service would be rewarded with care, benefits and full compensation so I wouldn't have to work as hard in pain to support my family.THANK YOU Bill, Carly Chris and all who exercised, diligence, patience and devotion to my case and cause. May others trust you as I have.Respectfully,SSG Tirado, Jesus. AFLANG
Mike WhiteMike White
16:38 01 Dec 23
Bills he is the best. He helped me out tremendously.
Edwin VillanuevaEdwin Villanueva
15:50 27 Nov 23
I was overwhelmed with great news to hear about my rating. Furthermore, Bill and his team are continuing to fight for my other claims. I honestly feel that they are sincere and dedicated to help veterans. God bless all of you and everything you continue to do.
14:09 15 Nov 23
Bill Sterbinsky is flawless when it comes to helping out our fellow veterans who have been shut down on their disability proposals. He has been working day and night and it shows how much he cares! I recommend him to anyone who needs assistance with any VA claims and I'll continue to refer people to him. God bless you sir and thank you for your service as well as the continued service you provide.
Kent LarsonKent Larson
20:06 27 Oct 23
The VA messed up my service-related disability claim. There were a number of mistakes through interpreting my medical records, resulting in an incorrect disability rating and denial of several benefits. I learned of Bill Sterbinsky through SRQ Vets and his Veterans Affairs Law, P.A. team. They soon became my advocate. End result is that the errors were soon corrected and I am now getting all my earned VA benefits. Thank you for advocating for me and my family Bill! I would highly recommend that Bill and his tenacious team work for you with anything VA related.
Roy HoernkeRoy Hoernke
16:10 25 Oct 23
I can't even begin to give enough thanks to Bill, Carly, and everyone else that had any part in my case. After 23 years of being afraid to file, they walked my through every single step. They were patient, answered every question and concern, and they actually cared. They've done nothing short of changing not only my life and my future but by families as well. I couldn't hold back the tears when I got my 100% rating. 5 stars is not enough to show my appreciation for these amazing people. God bless you for the work you do!
Ed AcevedoEd Acevedo
02:04 25 Oct 23
I am extremely grateful to Mr. Bill Sterbinsky and his team members Marina and Carly at Veterans Affairs Law for their hard work, professionalism, and diligence. They expertly navigated every step of the process to successfully resolve my VA claims far beyond my expectations! There is no way I could have accomplished this without them. They always kept me informed and it was easy to communicate with their office and get quick answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this firm to any veterans who need help. Bill and his colleagues are fellow veterans who understand the complex VA bureaucracy and they truly care about helping veterans. Well done and keep up the great work!
Jay LarsonJay Larson
16:59 24 Oct 23
My Marine kid brother was having a frustrating experience navigating the VA labyrinth seeking disability benefits. The VA had made several obvious errors in their determination. After getting hooked up with Bill through SRQ Vets, things started to happen quickly and the Red Tape disappeared and all the errors were soon corrected. As a family, we are grateful to Bill and his team at Veterans Affairs Law!
Scott BScott B
16:15 20 Oct 23
Just shy of 20 years dealing with the VA has been nothing but frustration until I put my claims in the capable hands of William and his team. I cannot say enough, their professionalism, responsiveness and tenacity has brought me from 10% to 100% in short time. Even when I’ve given up they never did. I’ve had liaisons from my congressman’s office, state representatives, etc accomplish nothing William and his team go above and beyond to advocate for veterans with great passion and attention. Thank you!!!
Brian OrmsbeeBrian Ormsbee
20:46 18 Oct 23
I had a 40% VA disability rating when I met Bill Sterbinsky back in October 2020. Today, I was informed by his firm that I am at 100% thanks to him and the firm's hard work and dedication to my claims. Veterans Affairs Law truly looks out for disabled veterans and means it. I will advocate and promote this law firm to any disabled veteran out there that is in need of their services till I go to my grave. Forget those VSO's. They're a waste of time. If you want real results, go with Bill Sterbinsky at Veterans Affairs Law.
Maureen SmithMaureen Smith
19:42 10 Oct 23
Wonderful caring staff. Would highly recommend this firm to any veteran in need. Very appreciative of all their hard work.
benjamin fitelsonbenjamin fitelson
12:11 28 Sep 23
I received an extremely low rating from the VA at the end of my enlistment. Bill with Veterans Affairs Law fought hard to get me to 100%. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and worked like my claim was his own. If you’re looking for a lawyer who knows how to get you what you deserve look no further than Veterans Affairs Law!
Tony FieldTony Field
22:39 27 Sep 23
I personally would recommend any veteran seeking legal representation to give the Veteran Affairs law office a call.-I knew that my claims would have issues and knew there were several law offices out there soliciting for my business. The reason I chose this law firm was because of their staff and great customer service.The team of professionals mainly consist of veterans from all branches. So, you can rest assured, they have a real genuine concern on helping other veterans out with their claim. I also have noticed their ability to work very cohesively and diligently together. They are always there to answer any of my questions, look into current issues I am dealing with, file new claims, and does a great job of relieving me of the stress of dealing with the VA alone.Do not go through the headache of dealing with the VA yourself. It can be a challenging and long process. Pick a law office that is fair with their return and doesn’t see anything until you do.You will not be let down. Best wishes!
steven aungsteven aung
16:22 26 Sep 23
Bill came highly recommended from a fellow veteran, from the moment I reached out to him and had an opportunity to talk to him, I was confident that I was in good hands. Professional, punctual, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to, it’s been an amazing experience. Marina, his assistant was also amazing to work with and the whole experience with dealing with the VA was much easier with their help. I will be recommend you guys to every veteran in my position . Thank you very much!
Balint VassBalint Vass
11:20 26 Sep 23
Thank you for what you do and taking care of me!It’s like family!
Ray sandersRay sanders
02:44 26 Sep 23
If you think you have a hard case, just bring it to them. I bet they make it look easy.
Katie SandersKatie Sanders
02:41 26 Sep 23
Wish I would have come to them sooner. Would have saved me so many headaches. I tried to do it myself but never got anywhere. They got it done so fast. Highly recommend
Liam WalshLiam Walsh
02:33 26 Sep 23
Hands down the VA god!!! A whole new meaning to the term GOAT!
Rosalie WalshRosalie Walsh
02:25 26 Sep 23
William is a hell of a guy. The best we have to offer in this world. To see him light up so passionately when talking about helping people is a sight to see. A truly candid experience. Keep doing all that you do for people because it’s clearly your happy place:)
Adrian CableAdrian Cable
02:18 26 Sep 23
Thank you so much bill for all the hard work you’ve done for me and my family. It’s truly gods work you’re doing and I can’t thank you enough. Idk where I’d be with out you. I’m choking up just thinking about it atm. How could I not be emotional thinking about not having my children with me and my wife by my side, because without your efforts my family would be in fractions. Because of you we are whole and happy and prospering. I owe you big time. I mean that. If there is anything you need I will be there for you at the drop of a hat.
Kenneth KwiatkowskiKenneth Kwiatkowski
15:43 21 Sep 23
Bill, Carley & the team at Veterans Affair Law go above and beyond...they've taken on a battle with the VA and my benefits that I had given up on.Thank you so much for fighting my fight
Carol russoCarol russo
13:24 21 Sep 23
Bill and his team is a God send!!!!!! For years I was under the assumption that I did not qualify for any benefits, because I was “only a reservist” although I was injured during active duty. They took my case and have been diligently working towards a favorable resolution. They call and email when they say they will. Omg, the most important part is they LISTEN!!!! and assured me that my service to the country was and is important!!!! Thank you so much Bill and Carly!!!!!!
Bobby WestbrookBobby Westbrook
22:24 18 Sep 23
Bill and his team are consummate professionals. I expected nothing less, as I had the honor of serving in the Marine Corps with Bill. He is as much as a fighter for veterans today as he was for the guys to his left and right while we were in. I was at 80% and had run into wall after wall and I just could not seem to get over, under, or around them. So I called for the breacher and Bill knocked the walls down and got me to 100%. This means the world to my family and I. Thanks again to Bill and his team at Veterans Affairs Law, you guys are incredible!Semper Fidelis
Gwen PelzGwen Pelz
13:46 18 Sep 23
Bill and his team are awesome. I almost gave up trying to get my benefits because of all the red tape the VA throws at you. A friend of mine gave me Bill's number and with one phone call I felt way better about getting all my benefits. The process was so painless. I would highly Highly recommend this firm for what ever your needs are.Roger Binsfeld
Steven ShipmanSteven Shipman
21:10 12 Sep 23
I sat down with my local VA office for guidance on how to start filing for my disabilities. I was very upset to hear that because I was “a National Guard member and not an Active Duty Member” it was going to be “harder” to prove my medical conditions. After a long, drawn out process and 2 years of getting nowhere, I decided to reach out to Mr. Sterbinsky. He was efficient, respectful and has always treated me with dignity. He reassured me that he would fight and continue fighting for my disability compensation. Within a few months, the proper paperwork was submitted and within 2 years from the first interaction of speaking with Mr. Sterbinksy, I was awarded a disability rating of 100%. He remained in contact with me periodically to update me on my case. He is just a phone call away when I had and continue to have any questions. He continues to fight for Veteran’s rights. I have recommended him to fellow Veteran’s and will continue to do so. Put your trust into him, get the rating you deserve! You won’t be disappointed! I am proud to call him a friend.
Christopher BensonChristopher Benson
10:34 09 Sep 23
Mr. Sterbinsky and his team made the process of getting me into the VA a breeze. I am an Iraq veteran that departed the Corps in 08 and I avoided the VA for over 12 years even though I was told and knew I should probably be over there talking to them. Sometimes we need a helping hand and when I heard Bill calling out to any veteran who needed help with the VA I gave him the call.I couldn't be more grateful for his help in getting me in and continuing to fight for me on issues the VA acknowledges but doesn't want to do anything about.
Christopher BurnsChristopher Burns
18:53 08 Sep 23
Bill and the team at Veteran's Affairs Law have been awesome. They have helped several service friends of mine to recover benefits they didn't think were going to be possible to recover. The integrity of Bill has clearly been pushed down to his staff too. Highly recommend!
Fernando BareaFernando Barea
13:50 04 Sep 23
Very professional. Veterans affairs law has goes above and beyond. They really care for the Veterans they help.
Jaime CortesJaime Cortes
18:05 25 Aug 23
I've been back and forth with VA since 2014. Hired Mr. Sterbinsky about two years ago and was one of the best decisions I've made. I wish I would have known about Mr. Sterbinsky services before. Bill and his Paralegal staff are phenomenal. Always there to assist and give you guidance. HIGHLY recommended for any Veteran trying to increase their VA rating!!! Thank you Bill for all you do, I really appreciated.V/rJaime
Zach VolpiZach Volpi
19:11 24 Aug 23
Bill and his team handled my dispute in a timely manner. They were very professional and very efficient. This has helped me and my family more than you know and we will be forever grateful. Thanks again and keep helping clients. You are all amazing at it!
jean-luc casanojean-luc casano
16:40 14 Aug 23
I highly recommend Bill Sterbinsky Esquire and his team for all Veterans in need of legal services.
Rick StegmeierRick Stegmeier
20:05 13 Aug 23
One word to describe Bill and his team. Tenacious. It was a long fight with the VA, but with the team at Veterans Affairs Law, I won. They just kept fighting, appealing, calling them out when they did not follow their own procedures. Don't fight the VA alone, hire the team at Veteran Affairs Law!
rosemary harmonrosemary harmon
13:18 09 Aug 23
Bill was sensitive to my needs. His passion to help did not go unnoticed. I think that his own service to this country makes him a perfect fit to help other veterans and their families.
Conecia PierceConecia Pierce
14:40 07 Aug 23
Bill and his team made my entire VA claim process a breeze! They were thorough and so easy to work with. I had to be patient and wait on the system itself, however I could not be more confident that things ran even smoother due to their help and knowledge of working with the VA and knowing the language and the laws. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone seeking help with their VA claim process or if someone just had questions in general about how to navigate the system.
Brady UssherBrady Ussher
19:17 03 Aug 23
My experience with Veterans Affairs Law has been phenomenal. I struggled with the VA and my ratings for more than a decade. This team has brought me to 100% as of early this week! I appreciate the help from the whole crew and I recommend them to any veteran that needs help!!!! Thank you to Bill and the associates that work with him!!
Jay PadillaJay Padilla
17:45 25 Jul 23
VA Law has been nothing but helpful and resourceful for me. From someone who figured they would never get any form of disability because I had nothing in my medical jacket to prove anything to start with, all the way to 80% and currently climbing. Bill Sterbinsky and his team have done incredible work in less time if I were to claim all this myself and it's incredibly appreciated. Thank you all!
Todd HughesTodd Hughes
14:15 10 Jul 23
I used to think lawyers were all scumbags and never understood why someone would use one to assist with VA Benefits. But then I met Bill. This guy is legit. I never would have thought a Marine could be this smart either! I was struggling with my claim, even with clear cut evidence of my injuries. Bill said he could help, so I let him do his thang. He called the VA out on them not following the proper procedures and looking at the evidence. I went from 70% to 100% P&T. Thank you for all you do for me and our Brothers and Sisters! You are a true treasure to our community!The Army is still better though.

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Are federal investigation findings why Tampa Bay area veterans’ claims are delayed and denied?

January 13, 2023
A retired combat Marine who now represents veterans fighting for VA benefits called the results revealed in a federal investigation into the agency’s claims process “atrocious.”

As Operation Iraqi Freedom exploded 7,000 miles from Florida, Sarasota’s Bill Sterbinsky enlisted with the Marines after the 9/11 attacks, and he fought in Iraq from 2006 to 2007.

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In the News

Are federal investigation findings why Tampa Bay area veterans’ claims are delayed and denied?

January 13, 2023
A retired combat Marine who now represents veterans fighting for VA benefits called the results revealed in a federal investigation into the agency’s claims process “atrocious.”

As Operation Iraqi Freedom exploded 7,000 miles from Florida, Sarasota’s Bill Sterbinsky enlisted with the Marines after the 9/11 attacks, and he fought in Iraq from 2006 to 2007.

Community Outreach

Annual Memorial Hike
May 27, 2023 | Starts at 8:00 AM
Sarasota, FL
The hike will start at JD Hamel War Memorial Park then around downtown Sarasota, then down Main St. back…
Learn More >

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