Congratulations to VFW Post 76 Mendoza Scholarship 2024 Winners
Highland High School Seniors
Desarae Pena (JROTC), Aurora Casillas (Athletics)
Danye Brazil (Athletics), and Ava Esquivel (Athletics)

Beware: Claim Predators Want to Prey on Your Benefits

Many Veterans seek support and help with filing VA benefits claims for the payments they deserve. Be cautious of "claim predators" - unaccredited companies or individuals targeting Veterans' benefits for profit.  

How to identify claim predators: 

  • Charging High Fees: Predatory companies charge absurd fees or require you to pay a portion of your VA benefits. Never pay anyone a fee to file an initial claim for benefits. 
  • Making Dishonest Promises: Don't trust anyone who claims they can help accelerate the claims process and obtain a 100% disability benefits evaluation. Remember, only VA has the authority to determine disability ratings. 
  • Requiring Binding Contracts: No one should ever charge a fee to file an initial claim for VA benefits. Never sign a contract agreeing to pay an unauthorized individual/company a percentage of your benefit payment in exchange for help with your VA claim. 


Please be aware when receiving phone calls asking for your information. There are scammers pretending to be VA personnel; read more here.  More information is available under the Members Only Page.