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Veterans Attorney Ralph J. Bratch

Ralph J. Bratch

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Ralph Bratch is the co-founder, owner and manager of Bosley & Bratch, P.C., and is a VA certified veterans disability attorney dedicated to helping veterans and their dependents obtain disability and other benefits from the VA for various disabilities including  but not limited to:

Professional Leadership

Associations and Memberships

  • National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
    • Former member of Board of Directors
    • Seminar Committee Member (former Chairman)
    • Sustaining Member
  • Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association
  • The American Legion — Member
  • Brain Injury Association — Member

Lectures/Publications

Ralph has authorized numerous articles on various veterans, disability and litigation topics. Most recently he has lectured other lawyers and agents on the following topics:

  • Introduction to VA Law - presented at the Army's Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School 2017.
  • Civility: Honey v. Vinegar - presented at the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates (NOVA) Spring Conference 2017.
  • Introduction to VA Law - presented at the Army's Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School 2016.
  • Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) panel discussion - presented at the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates (NOVA) Spring Conference 2015.
  • Retroactive Fees:  An Overview & Debate To Withhold or Not Withhold — co-presented with Robert Chisholm at the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates (NOVA) Spring 2014 Conference.
  • VA Psychological Examinations: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly — co-presented with Polly Shepard, PsyD, at the NOVA Spring 2014 Conference.
  • Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) Hearings Debate — presented at the NOVA Fall Conference 2013.
  • National Guard and Reserve Disability Claims — presented at the NOVA Spring Conference 2011.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury — presented at the NOVA Fall Conference 2008.
  • Veterans Disability Claims — presented at the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference 2008.

Veterans Disability Experience & Awards

Ralph has been helping the disabled for over 25 years. His experience and awards include:

  • Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America® by other lawyers
  • Featured in Newsday, Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Tribune, Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel and Fox13 in Tampa.
  • Certified by the VA as an accredited veteran disability attorney
  • Veterans Advocate — Ralph has helped hundreds of veterans obtain disability benefits who had previously been denied
  • Member of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C.
  • Results — See the Recent Victories to see some of Ralph's (and other firm members) successful results

Military Service

Ralph served as a judge advocate in the Army Reserve for 13 years.  He spent a majority of that time as a defense lawyer defending soldiers in separations actions, many of which dealt with Soldiers dealing with PTSD and other disabilities.  Ralph has served in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has received numerous awards and decorations.

Volunteer Work and Charitable Causes

Ralph has sponsored, supported and participated in a number of veterans and other charities and organizations including:

  • Fonzie Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • Honor Flight of West Central Florida
  • Clearwater Threshers Military Appreciation Night
  • Injured Warriors Fund of Florida, LLC
  • Armed Forces History Museum
  • Haley House Fund
  • Public Counsel Law Center’s Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA)
  • Homeless Veterans Project
  • The Veterans Post
  • Amvets
  • HVAF (Homeless Veterans Assistance Foundation)
  • Patriot Day Prayer Breakfast
  • Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR)
  • Vets Ride for PTSD
  • Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance
  • Tampa Bay Veterans Day Parade
  • Grant County Stand Down
  • Run For Freedom

Education

  • Ball State University (BS, 1987)
  • Valparaiso University School of Law (1990)
  • Judge Advocate Officer's Basic Course (2003)
  • Judge Advocate Officer's Advanced Course (2005)
  • Combat Lifesaver Course (2005)
  • Combined Arms and Service Staff School (CAS3) (2005)

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