News & Notes – June 1, 2017

NOVA News & Notes - June 1, 2017

ICYMI: Recently Discussed on the Forums

Information Exchange Forum - Basic Training Records

Appellate News Forum - 1151 for VA-recommended procedure at private facility

Outreach, Regulatory, Legislative Information Forum - PMC fax coversheet issued
NOVA's Next Webinar - "How to Fight a VA Rating Reduction or Benefits Severance” on June 15  – REGISTER NOW!

NOVA will hold its next webinar  How to Fight a VA Rating Reduction or Benefits Severance – on June 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT.

Your long-time client calls – VA wants to reduce his rating or sever his benefits.  What should you do next? Join Christian McTarnaghan of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick for a discussion of the differences between proposed and actual rating reductions or severances, your client’s due process rights, and when and how to disagree with these actions.

Christian will discuss relevant case law and manual provisions on these topics, particularly regarding VA’s requirement to consider the entire veteran’s history before reducing a rating and whether improvement is under the ordinary conditions of life. He will provide practical advice on when and how to request a hearing, how to counsel clients on the possibility of reduction, and when an attorney can get fees in these cases.

Member Registration Fee: $149
Nonmember Registration Fee: $199

CLICK HERE to register now!


NOVA Welcomes New and Returning Members for May 2017

NOVA would like to welcome the following members to the NOVA community.  We look forward to meeting you and working with you to help better serve our nations’ veterans:

Karen O’Malley – Prescott, WI
Koren Martin – Koren Martin Law PLLC; Austin, TX
Amelia Reese – Laurel, MD
Jennifer Puryear – Bosley & Bratch; Clearwater, FL
Curtis Little Sun - Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.; Oklahoma City, OK
Matthew Wilcut - Deuterman Law Group; Greensboro, NC
Fred Cavazos - Disabled American Veterans Chapter 121; Harlingen, TX
Bethanie Spangenberg – Valor 4 Vet; Tempe, AZ
Kathleen Hart – Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban; Milwaukee, WI
Gennaro Battiloro - The Battiloro Law Group; Brooklyn, NY
Ryan Foley - University of Miami Health Rights Clinic Veteran Rights Project; Coral Gables, FL
David Cory - Cory & Hurley Law Group, P.L.; Brandon, FL
Erin Hoover - University of Miami School of Law; Coral Gables, FL
Jennifer Walker – Walker Law Firms, LLC; Clive, IA
Bill Berke – Berke Law Firm; Cape Coral, FL
Allen Dunlap – AL’s Veterans Services; Leesburg, FL
Carlie Steiner - Vitenam Veterans of America; Sliver Spring, MD

Save the Date for Upcoming NOVA Conferences

Fall Conference 2017
St. Pete Beach, FL - October 12-14, 2017
Hotel: TradeWinds Island Resorts

Spring Conference 2018
San Diego, CA - March 15-17, 2018
Hotel: Loews Coronado Bay

Fall Conference 2018
Washington, DC - October 18-20, 2018
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill