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House Passes Legislation to Modernize VA Appeals Process

The U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – On May 23, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, respectively, along with Reps. Mike Bost (R-Illi.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, …

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Isakson Highlights Committee Work on Accountability, Appeals Reforms

The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, on May 17, 2017 reaffirmed his commitment to improving accountability, addressing the appeals backlog and enhancing the Veterans Choice Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) during a committee hearing on pending legislation …

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HVAC Passes 11 Bills Out of Committee

On May 17, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs favorably passed eleven bills out of committee: “Today, the members of this committee came together to pass 11 bills to improve the lives of our nation’s heroes and their experiences at VA. I’m particularly proud of …

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Join Us for NOVA’s Webinar – “How to Fight a VA Rating Reduction or Benefits Severance” on June 15!

NOVA Webinar – “How to Fight a VA Rating Reduction or Benefits Severance” Join us on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM. Presenter: Christian McTarnaghan, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick Moderator: Zachary Stolz, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick NOVA will hold its next webinar – How to Fight a VA Rating Reduction or Benefits Severance – on …

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HVAC and SVAC Introduce Appeals Reform Bills

On May 2, 2017, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing to address a discussion draft on appeals reform.  NOVA submitted a written statement, which you can review here.  The discussion draft was amended from the bill considered and passed by the House last session.  Two significant changes are the inclusion of effective …

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NOVA Awards Top Honor to Veterans’ Advocate Glenda Herl – NOVA President Accepts Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award

Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) presented its most prestigious honor – the Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence – to Glenda S. Herl, longtime veterans’ disability advocate and current NOVA president. She accepted the award at NOVA’s spring training conference in San Antonio last month. Dedicated to upholding …

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Veterans’ Advocates Honored for Lifetime Achievement – Attorneys Sandra Booth and Barbara Cook Inducted into NOVA Hall of Honor

Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) recognized the lifetime achievement of two of its longtime members – Sandra Booth and Barbara Cook – with induction into the NOVA Hall of Honor. Both attorneys accepted the honor at NOVA’s spring conference in San Antonio last month. A national, nonprofit educational organization, …

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Veterans’ Attorney Christine Clemens of Finkelstein and Partners Named CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year

Washington, D.C. – Two of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for veterans – the Public Counsel’s Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA) and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) – awarded the CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Award to Christine Khalili-Borna Clemens of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP, a New York veterans law …

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Federal Circuit Holds CAVC Can Establish Class Action Mechanism

On April 26, 2017, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Monk v. Shulkin, Nos. 2015-7092/2015-7106 (April 26, 2017). The Federal Circuit held that CAVC has “the authority to establish a class action mechanism or other method of aggregating claims.” You may read the full decision here.  

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NOVA Kicks Off 2017 Spring Conference in San Antonio

Veterans’ advocates from around the country are gathering at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel this week for NOVA’s 2017 Spring Conference, which began Thursday, April 20 with the New Practitioners Session and continues Friday and Saturday with the General Session. Guest speakers at the 2017 Spring Conference include: – Kenneth M. Carpenter, NOVA Founding Member – Chief …

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NOVA Spring Conference Materials Now Available For Download 

If you are registered to attend the NOVA 2017 Spring Conference in San Antonio on April 20-22, please be advised that you should have received a few notification emails in the past two weeks that NOVA shared a folder with you, containing the conference materials for the days which you are registered. This email also …

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Congress Passed Extension of VA Choice Card Program

Military Times – House lawmakers easily passed an extension of the controversial Veterans Affairs Choice Card program on Wednesday, a move department officials say will keep them from denying needed medical care to thousands of veterans in coming months. The measure passed the chamber by a voice vote. Earlier in the week, it cleared the …

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GAO Report: VA Benefits Appeals Process in Need of Reform

HealthPayerIntelligence.com – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified notable inefficiencies in the VA benefits appeals process which have resulted in an average processing wait time of three years. In its report on the issue, GAO also makes several suggestions for improving the process, including developing pilot programs and using more flexible modeling strategies. In …

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Register for NOVA’s 2017 Spring Conference Before the Prices Go Up on March 31!

Register Now and Take Advantage of Our Regular Rate! Click HERE for NOVA’s 2017 Spring Conference Brochure! The NOVA Conference is intended for both new and advanced practitioners in veterans’ law. The seminar will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Court of …

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NOVA to Participate in DAMA Roundtable on Appeals

NOVA – The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) is hosting a roundtable discussion on VA appeals on March 28, 2017.  Mike Bost (R-IL) is the new DAMA chairman for the 115th Congress, and is joined by a new ranking member, Elizabeth Esty (D-CT). The roundtable is an outgrowth …

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VA Secretary Announces Intention to Expand Mental Health Care to Former Service Members With Other-Than-Honorable Discharges and in Crisis

WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin while testifying in a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on March 7, 2017, announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.  This move marks the first time a VA Secretary has …

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Senate, House Veterans’ Affairs Leadership Call for Fix of VA Healthcare Applications Error

WASHINGTON – Leadership from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs are calling on the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to extend VA healthcare enrollment opportunities after a coding error reportedly resulted in the incorrect closure of up to 440,000 applications. U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and …

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VA Speakers Set for NOVA Spring Conference

NOVA has confirmed the following speakers, who will discuss VA issues of interest with our members at the upcoming spring conference in San Antonio.  It’s not too late to register! David McLenachen, Director, Appeals Management Office (AMO), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) will be the featured VA speaker.  Mr. McLenachen was appointed director of the AMO, …

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Join Us for NOVA’s Winter Webinar – “Five Cases or 500: Why You Need a Case Management System” THIS WEDNESDAY March 15, 2017

NOVA’s 2017 Winter Webinar – March 15, 2017 at 3PM Eastern Time Register NOW! Presenters: Robert Chisholm, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick Matthew Hill, Hill & Ponton Gregory Rada, After Service LLC NOVA will hold its next webinar – Five Cases or 500: Why You Need a Case Management System – on March 15, 2017 at 3PM …

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VA Denied Stay on Emergency Care Claims

Stars and Stripes – The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has rejected with stunning speed a motion from the Department of Veterans Affairs that it be allowed to stop taking steps toward reimbursing hundreds of thousands of veterans, for the non-VA emergency care costs they have paid, until higher courts rule on VA’s …

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House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Holds Hearing on National Work Queue

On February 14, 2017, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing entitled “Exploring National Work Queue’s Impact on Claims Processing.”  VA witnesses included Thomas J. Murphy, Acting Under Secretary for Benefits; Willie C. Clark, Sr., Deputy Under Secretary for Field Operations; and Ronald S. Burke, Jr., …

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David Shulkin Confirmed to Lead Department of Veterans Affairs

Last night, after only 10 minutes of debate, the Senate unanimously confirmed Dr. Shulkin to serve as VA Secretary.  This confirmation followed SVAC’s unanimous vote last week to send the nomination to the Senate floor.  He is the first non-veteran to lead the Department.  You can read more here.

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The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Approved David Shulkin For VA Secretary

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs approved the nomination of David Shulkin, M.D., to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Following today’s unanimous committee vote of 15-0, the nomination now moves to the full Senate for a vote. For more information, click HERE.

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VA Specifies Jobs Exempt From Trump’s Hiring Freeze

The Hill – The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a full list of jobs exempt from President Trump’s federal hiring freezing that includes a slew of medical specialties. “The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to exempt anyone it deems necessary for public health and safety, including frontline caregivers,” acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Snyder …

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Isakson, Roe Request Guidance from Trump for VA Regarding Federal Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senate and U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairmen Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Phil Roe, M.D., R-Tenn., sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump requesting the administration provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with additional guidance related to the federal hiring freeze that was announced on Jan. 23, 2017. A …

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VA Publishes DIC COLA Adjustment

On January 24, VA published a Federal Register notice regarding the COLA adjustment, effective December 1, 2016, for DIC benefits.  82 FR 8263.  This notice was published pursuant to P.L. 114-197, “Veterans Compensation COLA Act of 2016,” which required VA to increased DIC rates to the same degree as Social Security benefits.  On that basis, …

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NOVA Submits Amicus Brief on Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Mathis

On December 22, 2016, NOVA filed an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court in support of Mr. Mathis’ petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit). Mr. Mathis is seeking review of the Federal Circuit’s denial of his appeal in which the court …

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VA Issues Final Camp Lejeune Regulations

Today, VA issued its final regulations to allow presumptive service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. 82 FR 4173. The rule is effective March 14, 2017. Under this rule, VA will provide presumptive service connection to veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members who served for no …

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House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Roe Announces Committee Members

On January 11, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after seven new Republican members were chosen to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: “I’m excited to welcome this group of lawmakers to the committee. From military service to health care expertise, these members will bring their …

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President-Elect Trump Names David Shulkin as VA Secretary

On January 11, Donald Trump selected VA’s current Undersecretary for Health, David Shulkin, M.D., as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Dr. Shulkin worked in private health care prior to his appointment by President Obama in 2015.  If confirmed, he would be the first non-veteran to hold the post. You can read more about him, and …

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NOVA’s 2017 Spring Conference Registration is Now Open!

Register Now and Take Advantage of Our Discounted Early-Bird Rate! Click HERE for NOVA’s 2017 Spring Conference Brochure! The NOVA Conference is intended for both new and advanced practitioners in veterans’ law. The seminar will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Court …

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Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) Elected Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) was elected Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on January 9, 2017.  He is the highest ranking enlisted soldier to serve in Congress.  He replaces Mark Takano, of California, who took over after Corrine Brown, of Florida, was indicted on federal charges related to a nonprofit charity in …

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DoD Announces New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records

The Department of Defense announced on December 30, 2016 a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed. Through enhanced public outreach, engagement with Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), Military Service Organizations (MSOs), and other outside groups, as well as direct outreach to individual veterans, the …

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Congress Passes H.R. 6416 and Reinstates Nine Judges to CAVC

As the 114th Congress drew to a close, the Senate passed H.R. 6416, the “Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefit Improvement Act of 2016,” which includes language to temporarily reinstate nine judges to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).  Specifically, 38 U.S.C. § 7253(i)(2) will be amended …

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Purchase NOVA’s Webinar on Getting the Most out of DRO and BVA Hearings

In November, NOVA Members Sean Kendall and Tim Franklin delivered an outstanding webinar entitled, “Letting Your Veteran be Heard – Getting the Most Out of DRO and BVA Hearings Webinar.” The session explored a brief overview of traditional review versus DRO review of appeals, a discussion of how and when to request hearings, and the …

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Republican Leaders Select Rep. Phil Roe As HVAC Chair

On December 1, 2016, the Republican Steering Committee elected Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) to serve as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC) during the upcoming 115th Congress. Dr. Roe has been a member of the committee since his first term in 2009. Dr. Roe, an OB-GYN and Army veteran, will replace the …

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition For Writ of Certiorari in Scott V. McDonald

On October 3, 2016, the United States Supreme Court (Court) denied the petition for a writ of certiorari to review the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) in Scott v. McDonald, 789 F.3d 1375 (Fed. Cir. 2015).  The Federal Circuit held in Scott that the United States …

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NOVA Leaders to Present at NOSSCR Conference

Long-time NOVA members Robert Chisholm and Matt Hill will be the featured veterans’ law presenters at the upcoming National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) Biannual Conference. The conference will be held in Seattle, Washington from November 2-5, 2016. NOSSCR is a membership organization for individuals who represent claimants applying for or appealing denials of Social Security Disability …

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Join Us for NOVA’s Fall Webinar – “Letting Your Veteran Be Heard – Getting the Most Out of DRO and BVA Hearings” on November 9, 2016

NOVA will offer this webinar on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET. Sean Kendall and Timothy Franklin, NOVA members and experienced veterans’ attorneys, will present the session, with NOVA Board member Matthew Hill moderating the event. Attorneys Kendall and Franklin have represented veterans at Decision Review Officer (DRO) and Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) hearings …

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NOVA Kicks Off 2016 Fall Conference in Providence

Veterans’ advocates from around the country are gathering at the Omni Providence Hotel this week for NOVA 2016 Fall Conference, which began Thursday, September 22 with the New Practitioners Session and continues Friday and Saturday with the General Session. Guest speakers at the 2016 Fall Conference include: – Professor Michael Allen, Stetson University – Kenneth …

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Overhaul Veterans Appeals Process

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Udall (D-NM), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation to reform the appeals process for veterans benefits. Because of redundancies and inefficiencies in the current …

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In Bipartisan Vote, House Passes VA Accountability, Appeals Reform

Today the House passed H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016, by a bipartisan vote of 310-116 that included the support of 69 Democrats. The bill would: Shorten the firing/demotion/appeals process for rank-and-file VA employees from more than a year on average to no more than 77 days Remove entirely …

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VA Issues Proposed Camp Lejeune Regulations

On September 9, 2016, VA published proposed regulations to allow presumptive service connection for eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. 81 FR 62419.  Under this rule, VA will provide presumptive service connection to veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members who served for no less than 30 days (either …

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Two More Weeks to Register at the Regular Rate for NOVA Fall Conference in Providence

Our Regular Rate to Register for 2016 Fall Conference expires on Friday, September 2! Click HERE for NOVA’s 2016 Fall Conference Brochure! The NOVA Conference is intended for both new and advanced practitioners in veterans’ law. The seminar will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and …

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VA Launches National Marketing Campaign on C&P Exams

On July 25, 2016, VA began a national marketing campaign to veterans about the compensation and pension (C&P) examination process.  The campaign, slated to last for approximately the next 11 months, is intended to educate veterans about the process and prepare them for their exams.  VA plans to conduct this campaign through direct email, public …

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Register by July 8 to Receive the Discounted Early-Bird Rate for NOVA’s Fall Conference in Providence, RI

Our Discounted Early-Bird Rate to Register for 2016 Fall Conference expires on FRIDAY (July 8)! Click HERE for NOVA’s 2016 Fall Conference Brochure! The NOVA Conference is intended for both new and advanced practitioners in veterans’ law. The seminar will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) …

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NOVA’s 2016 Fall Conference Registration is Now Open!

Register Now and Take Advantage of Our Discounted Early-Bird Rate! Click HERE for NOVA’s 2016 Fall Conference Brochure! The NOVA Conference is intended for both new and advanced practitioners in veterans’ law. The seminar will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Court …

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NOVA Submits Amicus Brief in Presumption of Competency Case

On May 17, NOVA filed an amicus brief in support of the appellant’s request for rehearing in Freddie Mathis v. Robert McDonald, No. 2015-7094.  Kenneth Carpenter, Carpenter Chartered, drafted NOVA’s brief in this case, which involves the presumption of competency for VA medical examiners. Case History The Board originally denied Mr. Mathis’ claim for entitlement to service …

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Join Us for NOVA’s Spring Webinar – “Build For Success: Three Tools to Improve Cash-Flow in Your VA Practice” on May 18, 2016

NOVA will hold its next webinar – “Build For Success: Three Tools to Improve Cash-Flow in Your VA Practice” – on May 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. In this 90-minute session, NOVA Board Member and Veterans Law Attorney Chris Attig will continue to teach attorneys how to add a viable practice area to …

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NOVA Names Diane Boyd Rauber as Executive Director

The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) announced today that its Board of Directors has promoted Diane Boyd Rauber to executive director, effective May 1, 2016.  She replaces David Hobson, who came out of retirement in May 2012 to assist with NOVA’s consolidation efforts in the Washington, D.C. area.  During this time, NOVA’s membership …

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Robert Chisholm Receives Hart T. Mankin Award at CAVC Judicial Conference

At its recent Thirteenth Judicial Conference, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court) honored NOVA leader and Court practitioner Robert V. Chisholm with the Hart T. Mankin Award.  The Court bestows this award from “time to time” on “a person or group of persons outside the Court whose service to the Court …

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Attend IDGA’s VA Healthcare Event on May 16-18 at Sheraton Pentagon City

The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) will be hosting its “VA Healthcare 2016” event on May 16-18, 2016 at the Sheraton Pentagon City, Virginia.  The event kicks off with a Workshop Day, followed by the 2-day Main Conference. To access the VA Healthcare 2016 homepage, click HERE. At VA Healthcare 2016, senior veteran …

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Federal Circuit Upholds Standard Forms Regulations

On April 7, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) issued its decision in National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc., v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, No. 2015-7025.  NOVA challenged the validity of VA’s final rule requiring all claims and appeals originate on VA forms.  Standard Claims and Appeals Forms, …

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NOVA Argues As Amici in Robinson V. McDonald

On March 29, 2016, NOVA argued as amici in Leroy S. Robinson, Jr. v. Robert A. McDonald, No. 15-0715, along with The Veterans Justice Group and Law School Clinic Directors and Professors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).  Kenneth Carpenter, Carpenter Chartered, argued on NOVA’s behalf.  The veteran, represented by NOVA …

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Veterans’ Advocates Honored for Lifetime Achievement – Attorneys Robert Chisholm & Michael Viterna Inducted into NOVA Hall of Honor

The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) recognized the lifetime achievement of two of its longtime members and past presidents – Robert V. Chisholm and Michael R. Viterna – with induction into the NOVA Hall of Honor. Both attorneys accepted the honor at NOVA’s spring conference in Las Vegas this month. A national, nonprofit …

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Houston Veterans’ Attorney Robert B. Goss Named CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year

Two of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for veterans – the Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA) and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) – awarded the CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Award to Robert B. Goss, a Houston veterans’ law attorney and NOVA board member. He accepted the honor on March …

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NOVA Awards Top Honor to Veterans’ Advocate Michael R. Viterna

Past NOVA President Accepts Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) presented its most prestigious honor – the Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence – to Michael R. Viterna, longtime veterans’ disability attorney, pro bono advocate, and past NOVA president. He accepted the award at NOVA’s …

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NOVA Kicks Off 2016 Spring Conference in Las Vegas

Veterans from around the country are gathering at the Las Vegas Tropicana for NOVA’s 2016 Spring Conference, which began Thursday March 10 with the New Practitioners Session and continues Friday and Saturday with the general session. Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV-1) delivered remarks Friday at  the two-day General Session. A member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Congresswoman …

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Rep. Dina Titus To Address NOVA Members

NOVA is pleased to announce that Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV-1) will address participants during the upcoming NOVA Spring Conference. The Conference takes place from March 10-12th, and she will join us on Friday morning to give remarks. Congresswoman Titus is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Ranking Member of the …

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NOVA’s Winter Webinar Understanding Extraschedular (TDIU) Ratings – Presented by Kenneth M. Carpenter Coming This Week!

NOVA will hold its next webinar – Understanding Extraschedular (TDIU) Ratings – on February 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. NOVA Founding Member Kenneth M. Carpenter, renowned Veterans attorney and nationally recognized speaker, will present the session. NOVA President Glenda Herl will serve as moderator for the event. This presentation will cover the three …

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Federal Circuit Denies NOVA’s Petition for Review of Substitution Regulations

On January 13th, the Federal Circuit issued its decision on NOVA’s petition for review of VA’s substitution regulations, as codified at 38 CFR §§ 3.1010, 20.900(a)(2), and 20.1302.  The Federal Circuit denied the petition. NOVA contended that requiring survivors to provide evidence of eligibility when VA is already aware of their status is arbitrary and …

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TODAY is the Deadline to Register for NOVA’s Spring Conference 2016 at the Discounted Early-Bird Rate!

The NOVA 2016 Spring Conference will be held at the Tropicana Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 2016. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics …

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VA Plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions.  …

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Judge Alan G. Lance, Sr. to Address NOVA’s 2016 Spring Assembly

NOVA is honored to announce that Judge Alan G. Lance, Sr. of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims will speak at NOVA’s upcoming Spring Conference in Las Vegas. Judge Alan G. Lance, Sr., was nominated as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims by President George W. …

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NOVA Elects 2016 Board of Directors – Glenda Herl Elected President

Washington, D.C. – At its recent membership meeting in Chicago, the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) elected by acclamation the slate of members nominated to serve on its Board of Directors.  Incumbents Todd Wesche and Zachary Stolz were re-elected and Michelle Wolf will join the NOVA Board for 2016. In addition, the Board elected …

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NOVA’s Winter Webinar Understanding Extraschedular (TDIU) Ratings – Presented by Kenneth M. Carpenter Coming in February!

NOVA will hold its next webinar – Understanding Extraschedular Ratings – on February 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. NOVA Founding Member Kenneth M. Carpenter, renowned Veterans attorney and nationally recognized speaker, will present the session. NOVA President-Elect Glenda Herl will serve as moderator for the event. This presentation will cover the three ways …

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USCAVC Miscellaneous Order 16-15 In Re: Rules of Practice and Procedure Has Been Issued

Miscellaneous Order 16-15 in re: Rules of Practice and Procedure has been issued.  You can view the order on the Court’s website: http://www.uscourts.cavc.gov/miscellaneous_orders.php Pursuant to the authority of 38 U.S.C. §§ 7263(b) and 7264(a), and consistent with 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b), the Court has revised Rule 30(a) (Citation of Nonprecedential Authority) of its Rules of …

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Federal Circuit Sets Argument in Substitution Rule Making Challenge

On December 7, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) will hear argument on NOVA’s petition for review of the VA’s final rule governing substitution of certain qualifying survivors in pending claims and appeals upon the veteran’s death. National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, No. …

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Join us for NOVA’s Fall Webinar “Practice Tips for Success at the CAVC” This Month

NOVA will hold its Fall Webinar – Practice Tips for Success at the CAVC – on November 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Now that you have taken your veteran’s case to federal court, let’s get you both out – successfully! In this 60-minute presentation, NOVA Board Member and CAVC Bar Association President Zachary …

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NOVA Participates In Oral Argument On Rule-Making Challenge

On October 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit), sitting in Boston, heard argument on NOVA’s petition for review of the VA’s final rule implementing regulations concerning standard claims and appeals forms under 38 U.S.C. § 7105. National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, No …

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NOVA Submits Testimony to Senate VAC on Veterans Court of Appeals Support Act

On October 6, 2015, Diane Boyd Rauber, Esq., NOVA Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, prepared and submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs regarding Senate Bill 1754. NOVA supports S. 1754, the “Veterans Court of Appeals Support Act of 2015,” which makes permanent the temporary increase in the number of judges …

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The Honorable Judge Lawrence B. Hagel Named Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMS MISC. NO. 11-15 Before HAGEL, Chief Judge, and KASOLD, MOORMAN, LANCE, DAVIS, SCHOELEN, PIETSCH, BARTLEY, and GREENBERG, Judges. Pursuant to 38 U.S.C. § 7253(d)(1), the chief judge of the Court shall be the judge of the Court in regular active service who is senior in commission among …

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VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

August 3, 2015 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – News Release For Immediate Release WASHINGTON – As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain …

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NOVA Names Veterans Attorney Diane Boyd Rauber as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

NOVA Member Brings Solidity to New Capitol Hill Role The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) has selected Diane Boyd Rauber to serve as its new Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. A respected NOVA member and veterans law attorney, Ms. Boyd Rauber will reach out to members of Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs …

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NOVA’s Fall Conference 2015 – Register Today!

The NOVA 2015 Fall Conference will be held at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2015. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics and …

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VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam …

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NOVA Fall Conference 2015 Registration is Now Open!

The NOVA 2015 Fall Conference will be held at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2015. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics and …

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NOVA Seeks Legislative/Regulatory Director

NOVA is seeking a full or part-time Legislative/Regulatory Director preferably in an independent contractor role. Working in conjunction with the Executive Director, the Legislative/Regulatory Director is responsible for supporting the proactive development and cultivation of relationships with key Congressional offices, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders through education-based advocacy in support of NOVA’s strategic objectives. The …

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Amory, Miss. Veterans Attorney Rebecca Wanee Named CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year

Washington, D.C. – Two of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for veterans – the Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA) and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) – awarded the CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Award to Rebecca C. Wanee, an Amory, Miss. veterans’ law attorney and native.   She accepted the honor …

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Veterans Advocates Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Attorneys Theodore Jarvi & Wade Bosley Inducted into NOVA Hall of Honor Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) recognized the lifetime achievement of two of its longtime members – Theodore Jarvi and Wade Bosley – with induction into the NOVA Hall of Honor. Both attorneys accepted the honor at NOVA’s …

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NOVA Awards Top Honor to Veterans Advocate Wade Bosley

Florida Attorney Accepts Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) presented its most prestigious honor – the Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence – to Wade R. Bosley, longtime veterans’ disability attorney, pro bono advocate, and partner of the law firm Bosley & Bratch. He …

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NOVA Spring Conference Kicks Off in San Francisco

The NOVA 2015 Spring Conference kicks off today, Thursday April 16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Financial District in San Francisco, California! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2015. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18, is filled with a wide array …

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NOVA Testifies on the Express Appeals Act and Other Veterans Bills

On April 14, 2015, NOVA testified at a legislative hearing of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA). NOVA Founding Member Kenneth M. Carpenter presented in-depth comments on several of the proposed bills before Congress. These include the Veterans Access to Speedy Review Act, the Express Appeals …

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Mandatory VA Standard Claim and Appeal Forms

Per new regulations, VA is mandating that veterans use standardized forms, even for “informal” claims, beginning on and after March 24, 2015. You can now access these mandatory VA forms on our website: VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-526EZ-ARE.pdf VA Form 21-527EZ, Application for Pension Benefits http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-527EZ-ARE.pdf VA Form …

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VA Use of Standard Forms Goes into Effect on March 24, 2015

– By Andrew Rutz, Esq., Bosley & Bratch On September 25, 2014, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) published its Final Rule for Standard Claims and Appeals Forms in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 186.  The Final Rule includes momentous changes in how VA will conduct business.  First, VA has abolished the Informal Claim.  …

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NOVA Readies to Meet VA General Counsel

On March 25, 2015, NOVA leadership will sit down with the VA’s General Counsel Leigh A. Bradley to discuss pressing issues faced by advocates representing our nation’s disabled veterans. Working together, NOVA hopes to find realistic solutions to the challenges that sometimes hamper our best efforts to serve the veterans’ community. Topics of discussion will …

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NOVA Delegation to Visit Evidence Intake Center on March 24

On February 4, 2015, NOVA leadership met with VA Director of Compensation Thomas Murphy and others to discuss various pressing issues of concern, among them – centralized mail. At that time, VA indicated its willingness to allow NOVA to tour an Evidence Intake Center (EIC) to get a firsthand look at the scanning process. NOVA …

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NOVA to Participate in HVAC Roundtable on Pending Appeals Backlog

On March 4, 2015, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) will host a roundtable discussion on the topic of Veterans’ disability benefits appeals within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the judicial system. Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., DAMA Chairman, will lead the roundtable at the …

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NOVA Webinar – Plan for Profit – Set for March 4th

NOVA will hold its next webinar – Plan for Profit: How to Build a Viable Veterans Law Practice – on March 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Are you interested in representing Veterans but concerned about how long it may take to realize revenues? NOVA Board Member and Veterans Law Attorney Chris Attig will …

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CAVC Judge Mary Schoelen to Address NOVA’s 2015 Spring Assembly

NOVA is honored to announce that Judge Mary Schoelen of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims will speak at NOVA’s upcoming Spring Conference in San Francisco. Featured Speakers for the event also include Robert Reynolds, Director of VA Benefits Assistance Service; Thomas Murphy, VA Director of Compensation and Pension Services; and Founding …

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TODAY is the LAST DAY to Register for NOVA’s Spring Conference at the Discounted Early-Bird Rate! Register Now!

The NOVA 2015 Spring Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Financial District in San Francisco, California! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2015. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative …

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VA Simplifies U.S. Map with 5 Regions for All Services

On January 26, 2015, VA announced that it will create a singular regional framework that divides the agency into five regions as part of its major reorganization announced last fall called MyVA. The regional boundaries are set to be completed this summer. To view the new Regional Map, click HERE. In the meantime, regional offices …

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NOVA Petitions Court to Review VA Substitution Rule

More Delays, Administrative Hurdles Imposed on Vets’ Dependents Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) has filed a Petition for Review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over a final ruling by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concerning the substitution of a dependent in pending benefits …

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Today on the Hill: NOVA Founding Member Kenneth M. Carpenter Testifies Before House DAMA

Prepared Statement Kenneth M. Carpenter, Founding Member of NOVA Before the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs “Veterans’ Dilemma: Navigating the Appeals System for Veterans Claims” January 22, 2015 On behalf of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA), I would like to thank the …

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VA to Aid Attorneys/Advocates Seeking Electronic Access to Vet Files at NOVA Spring Conference

VA Reps Offer 3-Day Assistance with SEP Sign-Up at NOVA’s Spring Conference Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) is proud to report that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials will lead two special sessions at NOVA’s 2015 Spring Conference, educating attorneys and advocates on how best to use the VA’s …

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NOVA Challenges VA Ruling on Use of Standard Forms

Regulatory Changes Go Well Beyond Original Intent of Congress Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to review a recent ruling by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mandating the use of a standardized form by veterans who wish to …

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NOVA’s Spring Conference Registration is Now Available!!

Register Now and Take Advantage of our Discounted Early-Bird Rate! The NOVA 2015 Spring Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Financial District in San Francisco, California! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2015. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18, …

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TODAY is the Deadline to Register for NOVA’s Spring Conference 2016 at the Discounted Early-Bird Rate!

The NOVA 2016 Spring Conference will be held at the Tropicana Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 2016. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics …

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NOVA’s Winter 2015 Webinar “Plan for Profit: How to Build a Viable Veterans Law Practice” Coming in March!

Register Today! NOVA will hold its next webinar – Plan for Profit: How to Build a Viable Veterans Law Practice – on March 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Are you interested in representing Veterans but concerned about how long it may take to realize revenues? NOVA Member and Veterans Law Attorney Chris Attig …

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Online NOVA Membership Renewal Now Available!

For faster service, try our newest website feature, ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL! No forms are required and with just a few clicks, your membership renewal is done! To renew your membership online, please click HERE. You’ll be brought through four steps to renew: 1- Your Information 2- Information About What and Where You Practice 3- Terms …

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Save the Date: 2016 CAVC Judicial Conference

The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association will hold its 2016 Judicial Conference at the Newseum located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW in Washington, D.C. The conference will take place on April 14 and 15, 2016. The purpose of the CAVC Bar Association is to promote the effective practice before the Court, to …

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Renew Your NOVA Membership Today!

If your 2014 membership term is coming to an end in the next couple of months, we hope you will renew for the upcoming year and would like to sincerely thank you for your support of NOVA over this past year. Please complete your membership forms by clicking HERE and return with your dues payment at your …

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NOVA Awards Top Honor to Veterans Advocate Rick Little

  NOVA Awards Top Honor to Veterans Advocate Rick Little ‘Champion of Homeless Veterans’ Accepts Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) presented its most prestigious honor – the Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence – to Rick D. Little, a longtime NOVA member who …

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NOVA’s Press for Final Action on Substitution Ruling Pays Off

NOVA’s Press for Final Action on Substitution Ruling Pays Off VA Issues Final Rule on RIN 2900-AN 91, September 5, 2014 -by Andrew R. Rutz, Esq., Bosley & Bratch NOVA Member & Chair of the Regulation Comment Committee In response to pressure first brought to bear by NOVA before the Federal Circuit in October 2010, …

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NOVA Member Rick Little Pens Letter to President Obama

NOVA Member and Director of the Center for Veterans’ Advancement, Rick Little, penned a letter to President Obama in July, regarding the partnership between NOVA and the CVA. “NOVA’s commitment to advocacy, and thoughtful insights into the needs of veterans; and their families, has contributed to your goal of ending military veteran homelessness throughout our …

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Obama Signs VA Reform Bill into Law

The Hill – President Obama on Thursday signed a $16.3 billion bill to overhaul the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, saying the country had a “sacred duty” to protect its military service members. The bill, approved by Congress last week, would allow veterans to seek private care outside VA facilities, and would also provide money for …

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House Approves VA Health Care Overhaul

Associated Press – WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. The $16.3 billion measure also would allow the VA to hire thousands of doctors and nurses and rewrite employment rules to make it easier …

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Register NOW For NOVA’s Fall Conference in Orlando!

NOVA’s Fall Conference Registration is Now Available!! The NOVA 2014 Fall Conference will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2014. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 19 & 20, is filled with a wide …

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“How To Add a Veterans Law Practice to Your Existing Firm” Webinar Coming in July!

Join Us for NOVA’s Summer Webinar on July 23, 2014, 2:00PM – 3:30PM EDT Register Today! Presenter: Chris Attig The price for members is $200 and the price for non-members is $250. NOVA will hold its next Webinar on July 23, 2014 at 2:00PM Eastern Daylight Time. This 90-minute Webinar, presented by NOVA Member and seasoned …

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Senate Backs Bill to Improve Health Care for Vets

By MATTHEW DALY Published: 6/11/14 Click HERE to read the Full AP Article. WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate acted Wednesday to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, as the FBI revealed it has opened a criminal investigation into a Veterans Affairs Department reeling from allegations of falsified records …

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Sanders, McCain Negotiate Bill Concerning Veterans’ Access to Care

The Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 – Sanders, McCain Bill 2450   NOVA Members, to access a download of the bill and a summary via the NOVA Document Library, click HERE.

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Retired Ill. Circuit Court Judge Clarke Barnes Named CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year

April 30, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katy Andriano, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587-5708 Email: kandriano@vetadvocates.org Retired Ill. Circuit Court Judge Clarke Barnes Named CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year  Washington, D.C. – Two of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for veterans – the Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA) and the National Organization of …

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NOVA Members Nationwide Recognized for Pro Bono Work on Behalf of Homeless Veterans

April 30, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katy Andriano, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587-5708 Email: kandriano@vetadvocates.org   NOVA Members Nationwide Recognized for Pro Bono Work on Behalf of Homeless Veterans Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) recognized members from across the country for their pro bono work on behalf of …

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Bipartisan VA Backlog Working Group Tackles Veterans’ Claims Backlog, Senators Announce Legislative Solutions

Thursday, March 6, 2014 Casey, Heller Unveil VA Backlog Report, Legislation Bipartisan VA Backlog Working Group Tackles Veterans’ Claims Backlog / Senators Casey, Heller, Vitter, Tester, Heinrich, Moran Announce Legislative Solutions Washington, DC – Chairs of the VA Backlog Working Group, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Dean Heller (R-NV), along with Senators David Vitter (R-LA), …

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Don’t be a Victim! Be Aware of Pension Poaching Scams!

DON’T BE A VICTIM: BE AWARE OF PENSION POACHING SCAMS:  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension exists to help financially disadvantaged wartime Veterans and their survivors. Be cautious if someone offers to move your assets around for you to qualify for VA pension. This type of scam is often directed toward Veterans and …

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Spring 2014 Conference Registration is now OPEN!

The 2014 NOVA Spring Conference, to be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, includes a one-day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014. The General Seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 25 & 26, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics and presenters. The NOVA …

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Time to Renew Your NOVA Membership!!

CLICK HERE to access NOVA’s 2014 Member Application/Renewal Form. We are drawing near to the end of another year and it’s time for us to send out our annual membership dues notices. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to sincerely thank you for your support of NOVA over this past year. …

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VA Compensation and Pension Regulation Rewrite Project

November 27, 2013 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants to ensure that all Veterans, beneficiaries, and claimants have the opportunity to access their earned benefits.  This proposed rule is designed to provide an opportunity for public comment about how VA’s compensation and pension regulations can be made more logical, straightforward, and user-friendly for …

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NOVA Supports Tough Stance on VA Oversight of Private Advisers to Vets

September 4, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katy Andriano, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587-5708 Email: kandriano@vetadvocates.org NOVA Supports Tough Stance on VA Oversight of Private Advisers to Vets GAO Report Reveals Accreditation Program Plagued by Lax Enforcement of Vague Rules Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) today announced its support …

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Federal Circuit Approves VA Plan, Cautions Agency on Full Compliance

August 9, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katy Andriano, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587-5708 Email: kandriano@vetadvocates.org  NOVA Anticipates Fair Remand for Veterans Harmed by the Agency’s Invalid 2011 Rule  Washington, D.C .– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit accepted a plan from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Monday to remedy …

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Members Log In Information

Dear NOVA Members, You may have noticed that your log in information is not working on the new website.  We will be sending out instructions to all members shortly on your usernames and how to reset your passwords- until then the Members-Only side of the website is under construction.  We thank you in advance for …

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Welcome to the New NOVA Website!

NOVA has now officially launched this brand new website designed by Ironistic.com to help you get the most out of your membership! The focus of this effort is to simplify your use of NOVA online resources, offer more options to access your membership benefits, and increase the ease and value of your overall website experience. …

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Register for the NOVA Fall Conference Today!

The NOVA 2013 Fall Conference will be held at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California! The conference includes a one day New Practitioner Session scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2013. The general seminar, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 27 & 28, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics and presenters. The NOVA …

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Revision to Fall Conference Schedule

On Saturday September 28, 2013, the following addition has been made to the conference schedule: 3:15 pm Members Only Open Forum 45 Minutes Moderators: Mike Leonard, Rick Little & Todd Wesche, Esquires NOVA Mission, Purposes & Procedures Committee In the coming weeks, a special survey will be sent to all NOVA members. You are encouraged to take …

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House Passes Ruth Moore Act of 2013

From the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; https://veterans.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-ruth-moore-act-of-2013 Bill aims to spur reform of VA claims process for veteran sexual-assault victims  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 671, the Ruth Moore Act, by a voice vote. Introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01), the Ruth Moore Act aims to spur reform of …

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VA Responds to Federal Circuit with Proposed Plan to Remedy Harm Caused by Applying Invalid Rule in Veterans’ Appeals

May 28, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cathy Cuddy, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587-5708 Email: ccuddy@vetadvocates.org Agency Hopes to Avoid Sanctions through Plan Drafted In Consultation with NOVA Washington, D.C .– On May 20, 2013, VA responded to an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit with a plan to remedy any …

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Attorney Roman Martinez Recognized for Pro Bono Work On Behalf of Veterans’ Community

View the letter from Chief Justice Roberts to Roman Martinez Washington, D.C .– Attorney Roman Martinez of Latham & Watkins, LLP was recently recognized for his outstanding pro bono work on behalf of veterans by the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) during its 20th anniversary gala held on April 20 at the Hyatt …

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National Pro Bono Advocates Program Recognizes Veterans Disability Attorney Wade Bosley at NOVA Gala

Washington, D.C. – Two of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for veterans — the Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA) and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) – awarded its Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Award to Wade Bosley, a Florida veterans’ disability attorney.  Mr. Bosley accepted the honor at NOVA’s 20th Anniversary …

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NOVA Congratulated by Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and Commended for its Support of Veterans for Last Twenty Years

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Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds NOVA Position to Preserve Veterans’ Due Process Rights

Complete text of Federal Circuit Court Order March 22, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cathy Cuddy, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587-570 Email: ccuddy@vetadvocates.org  Orders VA to Show Cause Why Sanctions Should Not Be Imposed on the Responsible Officials   Washington, D.C .– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday ruled in favor of …

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Focusing on People: A Review of VA’s Plans for Employee Training, Accountability, and Workload Management to Improve Disability Claims Processing

Prepared Statement Michael R. Viterna, President of NOVA For the Full Committee on Veterans’ Affairs U.S. House of Representatives March 20, 2013 The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) thanks Committee Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Michaud for the opportunity to testify about the disability claims process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).   …

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NOVA President Mike Viterna Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Lost Veterans Records

December 6, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cathy Cuddy, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587- 5708 Email: ccuddy@vetadvocates.org On December 4, 2012, NOVA President Mike Viterna testified before the House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs at a hearing entitled, “Wading through Warehouses of Paper: The Challenge of Transitioning Veterans Records to Paperless Technology.”  Recent media …

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NOVA Testimony Before House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

“Wading through Warehouses of Paper:  The Challenge of Transitioning Veterans Records to Paperless Technology” December 4, 2012 Executive Summary The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) educational membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1993.  NOVA represents approximately 500 attorneys and agents assisting tens of thousands of our …

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President Obama Nominates William Greenberg to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

From the White House, Office of the Press Secretary, November 15, 2012: WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama announced today his intent to nominate William S. Greenberg as a Judge to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. President Obama said, “I am confident that Mr. Greenberg will greatly serve the American people in …

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CVA/NOVA Pro Bono Advocates Program Recognizes First Annual Award Recipient

October 16, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cathy Cuddy, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587- 5708 Email: ccuddy@vetadvocates.org Bronx, NY Attorney Tara R. Goffney Receives National Honor Washington, D.C.–The Public Counsel Law Center’s Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA) and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) are pleased to announce that Bronx, NY attorney Tara R. …

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Board Approves Association Health and Business Insurance Program for Members

October, 2012 At the October 10, 2012 Board Meeting, NOVA’s leadership approved the selection of Association Health Programs (AHP) to administer insurance programs for the membership.  AHP offers health and business insurance programs, including health insurance, long-term care, life insurance, disability income, professional liability, business insurance, fiduciary coverage, and more.  As an added benefit of membership …

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NOVA Partners with Invictus Foundation to Aid Veterans

September, 2012 NOVA is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Invictus Foundation to help veterans attain the behavioral health benefits that there are entitled to.  The Invictus Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on behavioral health issues that affect our Nation’s military members, veterans, their families and families of the fallen that …

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Caitlin Kilroy and Jennifer Morrell to receive NOVA’s Prestigious William G. Smith Scholarship

September, 2012 Caitlin Kilroy and Jennifer Morrell have been selected to receive this year’s William G. Smith Scholarship to attend the NOVA Fall Conference in Philadelphia, October 11-13. Ms. Kilroy works as a Staff Attorney on the Veterans Assistance Project at the New York City Bar Justice Center.  This Project provides free legal representation to …

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NOVA Salutes the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs for Taking Action Steps to Protect Veterans

June 28, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cathy Cuddy, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587- 5708 Email: ccuddy@vetadvocates.org Hearings and Bill Focus on Veterans Protections Washington, D.C. – In response to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation of “pension poaching” practices of unscrupulous financial planners who took advantage of veterans seeking  VA pension benefits, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden …

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NOVA Applauds William Graham and Ron Sykstus for Veterans’ Pro Bono Successes

June 25, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cathy Cuddy, Executive Coordinator Tel: (202) 587- 5708 Email: ccuddy@vetadvocates.org   From the law offices of Bond, Bates, Sykstus, Tanner, & Ezzell, P.C. and W.T. Graham WASHINGTON, DC – July 25, 2012 – William T. Graham of the law office W.T. Graham, and Ron Sykstus of the law firm …

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