June 1, 2010

Lawyers Helping Veterans Accreditation Is the Key

By David Godfrey

Many veterans need assistance when applying for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA is the second largest federal agency in terms of the number of employees (more than 205,500 according to govcentral.monster.com/careers/articles/402). Historically, most assistance to veterans filing claims was provided by veterans service organizations with a very limited role for attorneys. Changes in federal regulations in 2008 dramatically expanded the role of attorneys in assisting claimants seeking veterans’ benefits, resulting in significant changes in VA practice.

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