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Hey folks! Does anyone here represent vets before the VA, e dharamsala06/27/17
BUMP. Anyone? There has to be someone on here who practice dharamsala06/29/17
OK well, I do not practice before the VA, BUT...I am license bigbossman06/29/17
Do you have to seek separate admission to the CAVC? Or can dharamsala06/29/17
It's separate I think. I believe you can do both OR one or bigbossman06/29/17
dharamsala (Jun 27, 2017 - 6:15 pm)

Hey folks! Does anyone here represent vets before the VA, either as a private attorney or in a non-profit/legal aid setting? I locked down a fellowship sponsor (indigent civil legal services org) who wants met to develop a veterans law project for the agency, so I was hoping to hear perspectives from attorneys experienced in this practice area. In summer 2015 I interned for legal aid org providing services to the homeless, and a lot of what I did was helping vets apply for DD-214 discharge upgrades, VA service-connected benefits/pension, etc.

How long does it normally take to obtain accreditation from the VA?

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dharamsala (Jun 29, 2017 - 12:01 pm)

BUMP. Anyone? There has to be someone on here who practices veterans law!

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bigbossman (Jun 29, 2017 - 7:20 pm)

OK well, I do not practice before the VA, BUT...I am licensed in and have a case pending before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Sounds like you are aware of the distinction there. According to the VA's web page they license attorneys "within 120 days" so that doesn't sound so bad.

Did you want some free training, a mentor and lots of claims guidance materials? Take yourself to vetsprobono.org and you can sign up for a case, get trained, and learn more about the entire process.

It's heartwarming I suppose but I like and mostly do appellate work and I was trying to locate an area of law that could blend the contingency ideas of PI with appellate. Must say VA could fit the bill but having handled one case, it still seems a confusing area of law and I have 1000s of pages of materials to reference.

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dharamsala (Jun 29, 2017 - 7:35 pm)

Do you have to seek separate admission to the CAVC? Or can you practice before that court with VA accreditation?

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bigbossman (Jun 29, 2017 - 9:16 pm)

It's separate I think. I believe you can do both OR one or the other. The issue with VA level is there's already a ton of agencies that represent them for free (Disabled Veterans of America, etc). I am not saying more help wouldn't be a good thing and god knows in the case I have the nonlawyer help the guy received at the lower levels has made the appeal a lot harder than it needed to be. Getting cases remanded to the VA for more development is a big part of the mission and generally considered a win on appeal.

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