2012 VA Memo regarding use of legal services for VA clients/patients
Over the past year various non-government organizations, including non-profits, private pro bono attorneys, bar associations and law schools have requested to partner with VA facilities to assist Veterans with their unmet legal needs. On September 6, 2011, after obtaining guidance from the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) issued Directive 2011-034, entitled "Homeless Veterans Legal Referral Process". Since then, several Regional Counsels have requested guidance on legal issues related to working with non-VA legal service providers. This memorandum retlects the current OGC guidance as to the most common legal issues that have arisen in relation to Directive 2011-034.