Representing veterans pro bono in the disability claims process is one of the highest callings a senior lawyer can undertake, and there is now a new way of answering this call. The Senior Lawyers Division will soon be announcing how senior lawyers can become involved and trained to serve our veterans in the claims process through the Veterans Claims Assistance Network (VCAN), a pilot program arising out of a new partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), ABA, and Legal Services Corporation.
In the last issue of the Voice of Experience, Louis J. George, director of Outreach and Education for The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, outlined ways for senior lawyers to represent veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. At the other end of the spectrum of possible pro bono opportunities is the filing of original and supplemental claims before the regional offices of the VA. In this latter context, especially, there is an urgent need for senior lawyer volunteers.