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Law Clinics Answer the Call, Veterans finding allies in dealing with VA and more

Coffee? Check. Pastry? Check. Advice on filing for disability benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? Check. A Starbucks in Williamsburg, Virginia, lists that last menu item courtesy of a collaboration with the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law's Lewis B. Puller Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic. The clinic holds weekly benefits counseling and outreach programs for veterans at the coffeehouse — a pilot program dubbed Military Mondays that organizers hope to expand nationwide with the help of other law schools. [more]

Released 7/3/15 | Tags:

VA’s New Rules on Agent Orange Reject Most Previously Filed Claims

New rules posted to the federal register on Thursday make it possible for American service members exposed to Agent Orange years after the Vietnam War to be awarded compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for related health problems. But it is unlikely that many of the now-eligible, dioxin-sickened veterans who previously applied for compensation will have an active date-of-claim any earlier than tomorrow -- June 19, 2015 -- when the rule change takes effect. [more]

Released 6/18/15 | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

VA sets standards to file claims

It used to be that a veteran could literally put a name and phone number on a piece of paper, write a line or two about wanting to file a claim, and the Department of Veterans Affairs would be responsible for getting in touch to help fill out a form. The start date began when that first correspondence was received and the veteran had a year to finish sending the information. Now back-of-the-envelope filing is no more. As of March 2015, claims must follow a set of new requirements and be on specific forms to be considered. [more]

Released 5/21/15 | Tags:

Letter to the Editor: Agent Orange

One of NVLSP’s jobs is to make sure the VA pays the survivors of Vietnam veterans the disability benefits the veteran is owed due to the veteran’s exposure to Agent Orange. [more]

Released 5/19/15 | Tags:

Best Cities for Lawyers

Amy Odom, the director of litigation for the National Veterans Legal Services Program, said D.C. is great place for attorneys to network and that it’s obviously more immune to an economic downturn in the industry. [more]

Released 5/19/15 | Tags: Staff

Veterans Waiting Years Just for Their Records, VA Lawsuit Asserts

Washington, DC: Veterans Affairs (The VA) continues to claim it is making strides in clearing the backlog of applications for VA disability benefits. However, according to one VA benefits lawsuit that’s less than a week old, there is still a long way to go. Veterans Waiting Years Just for Their Records, VA Lawsuit AssertsA handful of vets from various states are suing The VA with help from consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and the National Veterans Legal Services Program. At issue is the delay in receiving requested documentation from the VA that is needed to determine accurate benefits. [more]

Released 4/27/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

VSO clarifies claims change (The Dalles Chronicle)

Several national veterans’ groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming the Department of Veterans Affairs has eliminated its informal claims application process, which has been used in the award of about half of all benefits and compensation. [more]

Released 4/24/15 | Tags:

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