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Richard J. Cross

Richard J. Cross is a paraprofessional with Plachta, Murphy & Associates, bringing more than 30 years of Federal government service, including 20 years as a Social Security Administration Claims Representative and 6 years as an Eligibility Specialist for the Veterans Administration. He is a strong client advocate, staying up to date with the ever changing rules, regulations, and laws that govern Medicaid/Medicare, SSA, and VA benefits.

Rick’s insider perspective and contacts help him achieve maximum benefits for our clients who need an advocate to navigate government benefits and entitlement programs.

A Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force, Rick serves a broad spectrum of clients including Veterans, Veterans' spouses, Disabled Veterans, and Social Security applicants — as well as senior citizens and their families. He often speaks on government benefits and Elder Law issues in West Michigan.


  • Aquinas College, B.B.A.

Professional Affiliations

  • Caregiver Resource Network
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • American Legion
  • Grand Rapids Elks

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