- Veterans are not aware of the benefits to which they are entitled
- Injuries, both mental and physical, are not “connected to service” by a proper paper trail
- Some were given less than fully honorable discharges for behaviors that were related to post traumatic stress or minor disciplinary infractions and the status of their discharge makes them ineligible for benefits
Accreditation by the VA may take several weeks, so do not delay filing your application. Click here for application http://www.va.gov/OGC/docs/Accred/VA21a.pdf. You can speed up the process by:
a. Emailing the form to OGCAccreditationMailbox@va.gov
b. In your email message to the VA, please indicate that you are a registered participant in the May 6th PLI training
c. Include a copy of your State Bar Certificate of Good Standing
Within 12 months of accreditation you are required to complete 3-hours of qualifying CLE. The morning session of this program satisfies that requirement.
Attorneys and other advocates who become accredited will be listed on a national VA list, and are entitled to represent veterans in their claims for benefits, on a pro bono basis, and for attorney’s fees on appeals, where they are available.
Advocating for Veterans - the Basics on Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Cultural Competency
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