Leading Us To YES
Project One Vet @ A Time (POVAT) was established in 2019 by retired Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant William Markham, Jeffrey O'Hara, Esq., and Mark McLaughlin, MD. Looking closely at the POVAT logo, the three stars on the "A" represent these three founding members. Project OVAT was borne from Will Markham's own struggle for appropriate Veterans Affairs (VA) disability ratings. Understanding what he endured throughout his 30-year military career, only to have to justify his injuries to the VA after it downgraded his disability rating, allows people to understand why this mission is so important and personal to him. The personal and professional relationships he developed during his challenging VA adversity remain today and enable him to meaningfully connect with the veterans his nonprofit serves.
VA DISABILITY (COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS)
POVAT understands the frustrations that can arise when transitioning out of the military and/or filing a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The claims process can be confusing and one that service members and veterans shouldn’t try to navigate alone. POVAT was established to help veterans and service members who are filing for disability compensation and benefits.
POVAT consists of a nationwide network of representatives who are experts in dealing with the VA and are the key to your success. Our professional advocates help veterans cut through bureaucratic red tape.
Project OVAT legal teams are trained experts, helping veterans develop their case with ease by reviewing and applying current law, pertinent legislation, regulations and medical histories. We won’t hesitate to request hearings before the VA and the Board of Veterans Appeals to present oral arguments when needed.
POVAT stands with America’s veterans every step of the way once they’re ready to file a claim. This is a service we are proud to offer (free of charge) and made possible by our generous donors.
Project OVAT knows our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but more importantly through the actions of our initiatives. We realize that by working together we are able to overcome challenges much more efficiently and effectively, while simultaneously decreasing the burden on our veterans. These reasons serve as a basis for establishing the nonprofit organization and launching the Project.