Volunteering with the ABA Veterans Claims Assistance Network (VCAN)
Many of our nation's veterans who have been wounded and disabled as a result of their military service must wait too long to receive the disability compensation benefits they have earned and deserve. You, as a lawyer, can now volunteer to help.
The ABA Veterans' Claims Assistance Network (VCAN) provides a unique, limited-scope pro bono volunteer opportunity for lawyers to help veterans with the preparation and completion of claims for disability compensation benefits, resulting in their claims receiving expedited review by the VA. To learn more about how VCAN works, please visit our FAQ Page.
When you register to join our roster at the link below, you may indicate any additional areas of law beyond VA benefits matters for which you may also like to assist veterans. Join our roster today!
Take 4 simple steps to volunteer:
- Register with VCAN.
- Apply for and receive VA accreditation.
- Complete the ABA VCAN VA Benefits Claim Training Webinar CLE.
- Read, sign, and submit to VCAN the ABA VCAN Volunteer Attorney Accreditation, Training, and Readiness Pledge Form.
To participate with ABA VCAN, you must complete the ABA VCAN VA Benefits Claim Training Webinar. Complete this free course after you receive VA accreditation. This training is a qualifying CLE for VA accreditation purposes.
Please visit the CLE training page for further information.
ABA VCAN Documents for Volunteers
- VA Form 21a (Application for VA Accreditation)
- VA Form 21–22a – Unfilled (Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative)
- Attorney–Client Pro Bono Representation Agreement
- ABA VCAN Volunteer Attorney: Accreditation, Training, and Readiness Pledge Form
- ABA VCAN Case Closure Letter
- Sample Termination of Representation Letter