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Lawyers learn to help veterans receive benefits

Lawyers learn to help veterans receive benefits

By John Glynn

Representatives of the U.S. Veterans Benefits Administration, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and other legal aid experts spoke to more than 50 lawyer volunteers at the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting Feb. 6 in Chicago on how to represent veterans in the benefits claims process.

James Dyer, training specialist with the U.S. Veterans Benefits Administration, walks volunteer lawyers through the steps necessary to process benefits claims.

The ABA Veterans’ Claims Assistance Network (VCAN), in close coordination with the Veterans Administration, is planning to connect pro bono lawyers with veterans to help complete claims for expedited review by the VA.

Many of the nation’s veterans who have been wounded and disabled as a result of their military service must wait months or years to receive benefits.

To join the volunteer roster, visit For other ways to provide volunteer legal help for those who have served in the military, visit the ABA Military Pro Bono Center.

The Midyear Meeting program, which offered CLE credit, was sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel, the ABA Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits and Services, and the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.

Related coverage: Midyear 2014: ABA committee to convene roundtable discussion on legal programs for military veterans

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