Obtaining Veteran’s Benefits 101

$195.00

CLE Credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Receive an introduction to the VA highway as the presenter travels through the VA system from the filing of the initial claim, to the Board of Veterans Appeals and on to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. During this presentation, the basic road map of the system will be explained, procedural landmarks pointed out and new statutory construction zones will be noted. We hope you will enjoy the trip and acquire the fundamentals needed to assist those who have given us our freedoms.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   A General Overview of Veterans’ Benefits
•   Appeals of VA Claims Decisions
•   Issue Spotting and Points of Interest

Date / Time: January 23, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Commander David H. Myers, JAGC, USN, (Ret.) serves as Director of Case Evaluation and Placement with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. He retired from the U.S. Navy in May 2000 after 28 years of enlisted and commissioned service, including 24 years as a Navy Judge Advocate. Upon retirement he joined the Consortium as Deputy Director for Case Evaluation. He subsequently served as Director of the Case Evaluation and Placement Component and was Acting Executive Director from October 2014 through June 2015.

During his career, Dave served in a wide range of legal billets, including Senior Trial Counsel, NLSO, Naples, Italy, during the first Gulf War; and Military Judge, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. During tours at the Criminal Law Division and the Bureau of Naval Personnel he was deeply involved in personnel law issues and sat as voting member of the Clemency and Parole Board. His enlisted service included a deployment to Southeast Asia on the USS Ranger (CVA-61) in 1974. He earned four Meritorious Service Medals.

A native of Centralia, Illinois, Dave is a 1972 graduate of Mac Murray College, Jacksonville, Illinois and a 1978 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana. In 1987 he earned a Master of Laws degree from The Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School.

Dave lives in Maryland with his wife, Debra. He has a daughter, Kaitlyn, who recently received her masters from Duquesne University. He is a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and an amateur historian with a deep interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

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Section I. The Journey Begins: The Claims Process at the Regional Office

Section II. New Roads and Detours: A Variety of New Procedures

Section III. A Stop Over: Appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals

Section IV. The Benefits Well Earned
a) Compensation
        i. Entitlements
                • Requirements
                • Status
        ii. The Connection
                • Current Problem
                • Service Injury
                • NEXUS
        iii. Establishing the Service Connection
                • Direct
                • Aggravated
                • Statutory
                • Secondary
                • Malpractice by the number (1151)

Section V. Rating the Disability
a) Applicable Rating
b) TDIU
c) Extra-scheduling
d) Reduction
e) DIC

Section VI. On the Road Again: Past the Board of Veterans Appeals
a) Notice of Appeal (120 days)
b) Other Things

Section VII. Need a Lift: The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
a) The Appellants

Section VIII. Are we There Yet? At the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
a) Judicial Review
b) 1 Judge, 3 judge and a Full Bench
c) Jurisdiction
d) Scope

Section IX. One Step Beyond: The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Section X. At the Pinnacle: The Supreme Court of the United States

Section XI. A Few Bumps in the Road: Common VA Errors

Section XII. For A Few Dollars More: Equal Access to Justice Act