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Meet the four Congresswomen who collectively bring active duty, Reserve and Guard experience with them to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
As we all go about the mundane business of our everyday lives, we sometimes get an unexpected jolt that stops us in our tracks and demands that we reflect. This is exactly what happen
Access to Free Veterans Law Training for Practice at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides free representation for veterans and their loved ones or survivors at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), and the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court as appropriate. The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program is offering access to a free 6.5 hour online training video regarding practice before the CAVC 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 is appropriate for CLEs.
For access to the training please contact Courtney McRae, Staff Attorney by email or call her at 888-838-7727.
This training is offered at no cost to nonprofit organizations, but the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program cannot assign your nonprofit a case at the CAVC solely based on completion of this online training, nor can The Veterans Consortium provide mentoring or sample documents. To discuss becoming an individual member of our volunteer corps, please contact Courtney McRae. Organizations interested in becoming a mission partner of The Veterans Consortium should contact Ed Glabus, Executive Director, at the same email address or phone number above.
Free on-demand seminar provided by the Practising Law Institute (PLI): Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2015.
CLE credits for those who have accredidation!
Free on-demand webinar from Lexis-Nexis on the Basics of Representing Veterans and Their Families (2012) NOTE: The substance of the training starts at about minute 10:00. Find other Lexis-Nexis products here (not free).
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.)
Looking for volunteer advocates to join your legal clinic or program? Post your volunteer opportunity on our Volunteer Match Map. Or use our feedback form to tell us about your program and what kind of volunteers you are looking for.