From the very beginning, one of NVLSP’s primary missions has been to train advocates in veterans law so that they can efficiently help veterans secure benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal of these trainings is to teach advocates how to obtain the correct amount of VA benefits for deserving veterans (and their family members) at the earliest possible time.

During the last 40 years, we have conducted training programs for groups of non-attorney advocates as well as groups of attorneys.

On a continuing basis, NVLSP trains service officers from major service organizations – The American Legion, The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Vietnam Veterans of America. We have also developed and conducted training programs for other groups of non-attorneys in a wide variety of organizations including The National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, The National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, AMVETS, and state and county departments of veterans affairs.

Additionally, NVLSP regularly trains attorneys as part of the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. We have also developed and conducted training programs for attorneys in organizations including The Legal Services Corporation, The National Legal Aid and Defender Association, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and state bar associations.


NVLSP offers continuous live and recorded training and professional development programs for veteran service officers (VSOs), agents, and attorneys who are accredited to represent veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In-Person Training Sessions

NVLSP offers in-person training for organizations that wish to conduct trainings in veterans law for either lay advocates or attorneys. Whether you are seeking training for non-attorney advocates or attorneys, we will work with you to customize a training program that meets the needs of your organization. We are available to conduct one-day to four-day training sessions.

NVLSP is available for in-person training sessions for organizations such as bar associations, law firms, corporate legal departments and national, state and county veteran associations.  NVLSP can also provide regular testing for accreditation maintenance.

For further information or to schedule training, please contact Rick Spataro at richard@nvlsp.org

Online Course Also Available

If you do not require in-person training, consider using NVLSP's Basic Training Course on Veteran’s Benefits.

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