Advocate Resources

These resources are intended for advocates, lawyers and non-lawyers. They are designed to help you in your work with veterans and service members. They are not intended for the lay person and should not be considered client education material.

VA Pension Cheat Sheet

A cheat sheet to quickly figure out if a veteran is eligble for VA Pension

VA Improved Pension Summary

2018 VA Pension Summary

Uniformed Services Former Spouse's Protection Act (USFSPA)

The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA), 10 U.S.C. 1408, accomplishes two things:

Test Advocate Resource

Certification IssuesAttorneys and advocates wishing to handle VA cases must be accredited by the VA to do so. Learn more about the VA accreditation process here. It may take several months for this to happen.Attorneys wishing to appear before the U.S. Court of Veteran …

Requesting Records from a Theater of Conflict

Process for Requesting Records from a Theater of Conflict (e.g. Iraq/Afghanistan) Stored in a Theater Medical Data Store (TMDS) 1. Contact any military Medical Treatment Facility’s Patient Administration Division, stateside or deployed, and request specifically deployed…

VA Disability Compensation and Divorce: Facts and Fallacies

Thanks to Mark Sullivan, prominent leader in family law matters involving veterans, for sharing this Q & A with Stateside. This is part of a series of "Legal Eagle" publications produced by Mr. Sullivan. THE LEGAL EAGLE

Student Loans to Servicemembers: Report on Servicing Abuses

The CFPB continues to find widespread problems with student loan servicing, including loans of servicemembers.

2015 Law Review Article on Providing Quality Service to Post-9/11 Veterans

How to help returning veterans use their GI Bill benefits to train and reintegrate.

SCRA and "End of Service" Orders

As noted in an article entitled"Terminating rental leases at the expiration of a term of service under the SCRA" in the general resource section, JAG officers do advise clients that  the SCRA applies to the "end of service" order as well as orders changing duty stations.

SCRA and Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

This law review article explores the intersection of the SCRA and state laws intended to protect victims of domestic violence.