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Each veteran’s military service is a unique experience as is their journey with the Veterans’ Administration (VA).
The blowback from the public's outrage about the unchecked pervasiveness of sexual assault and rape in our military continues with rigorous, impassioned Senate discussions this week focused on
Access to Free Veterans Law Training for Practice at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program is offering access to a free 6.5 hour online training video regarding practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court) and veterans benefits law. This offer is for nonprofit organizations that are currently practicing or interested in practicing before the Court. This training is provided in segments and offers CLEs.
This training is offered for free to nonprofit organizations, but the Pro Bono Program cannot assign your nonprofit a case at the Court based on completion of this training. Further, the Pro Bono Program will not be able to provide mentoring or sample documents.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
2:00-4:00 PM (Central Time)
Registration ends: August 27, 2014.
In this webinar, you will hear about three models of intimate partner violence (IVP) offender intervention targeted to military personnel and veterans. You will hear about the Change Step Program from Hector Matacastillo. Dr. Casey Taft will talk about the Strength at Home Program, and Dr. Karen Schoenfeld-Smith will talk about the STOP Program. Dr. Ed Gondolf will be our discussant and will provide his perspective as a nationally-recognized subject matter expert and researcher on batterer intervention programs.
Army OneSource courses are designed to educate legal professionals concerning aspects of military culture and federal laws that affect both active duty and military veterans.
Army OneSource provides access to these continuing legal education courses at no cost to legal professionals who work with the military community.
Courses include: Family Law and Military, Serving Those Who Have Served, Military Cultural Competence.
Available until 9/30/14. Click here for more information and to register.
Free seminar provided by the Practising Law Institute (PLI): Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2013.
Included in the CLE are forms and guidebooks, which by-the-numbers lay out a discharge upgrade application for advocates. We recommend this CLE to any attorney who is taking one of their cases.
Free on-demand webinar from Lexi-Nexis on the Basics of Representing Veterans and Their Families NOTE: The substance of the training starts at about minute 10:00.
We are helping to build a more vigorous nationwide network of lawyers supporting servicemembers, veterans and their families. Find research materials for advocates authored by some of the foremost experts in the country on military family law, veterans disability benefits, USERRA, SCRA and other relevant issues.
Please let us know if your office or program is offering free or pro bono legal services to servicemembers or veterans so that we can add you to our data base.
Are you VA Accredited?
Becoming VA accredited, to represent veterans in VA claims, is a relatively simple process. Learn more here...
- Legal Advocate Toolkit (general but essential resources)
- NEW! VA Disability Compensation Claims Toolkit
- VA Advocate Toolkit (more general resources for VA related advocacy)
- Military Advocate Toolkit (military matters for military families)
- Tax Advocate Toolkit (helping military and veteran families with IRS tax issues)
- More Training Resources for Advocates
- Veterans Legal Needs Study (Maine case study: veterans are unlikely to ask for legal help/social services have difficulty recognizing legal issues)
- Advocate Blogs
- Jim's Mailbag (Although written for veterans pursuing their own VA benefits claims, advocates can learn a lot, too; use the search box to find entries on your topic.)
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