NOVA is pleased to announce that our webinar series Representing Veterans and Their Families Before the Department of Veterans Affairs has been approved for CLEs in Virginia and is available for purchase on our website HERE. The entire series has been approved for 4.5 credits.
Three experienced practitioners will walk you through the ABC’s of VA practice. Each session, approximately 1.5 hours in length, is focused on concepts critical to representation of veterans and their families. This webinar series is intended to fulfill VA’s accreditation requirements for practitioners that are needed within the first 12 months of initial accreditation.
In Session 1, Matthew Hill provides an overview of the VA disability claims system, to include compensation, pension, and dependency indemnity compensation. He describes the process of filing claims, and what is needed to prove them. Mr. Hill attended law school at the University of Florida and was awarded the book award in Trial Practice. After graduating from law school, Mr. Hill was a Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Anne C. Conway, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. For the last several years, Mr. Hill has focused exclusively on representing veterans in claims for compensation through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
In Session 2, Chris Attig guides you through the administrative appeal process, from filing a notice of disagreement to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals to an appeal before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Attig|Steel, PLLC has represented veterans at all levels of the VA claims process since 2007. Chris is a regular presenter at NOVA conferences, and serves on the Board of Directors. He also instructs veterans in “DIY” claims preparation through his popular Veterans Law Blog and his series of Veterans Law eBooks and Training Videos.
Finally, Session 3 covers other types of claims, such as claims for increase, secondary service connection, extraschedular consideration, and requests for revision. This session was presented by NOVA founder Kenneth Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter has been engaged in the private practice of law in Topeka, Kansas since 1973. Mr. Carpenter is the President of Carpenter Chartered, a professional legal corporation. Carpenter Chartered began doing pro bono representation of disabled veterans in 1983. The primary focus of the firm’s representation is with the psychiatrically disabled veteran, predominantly veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The firm also specializes in cases involving total disability ratings and earlier effective dates, as well as handles requests for revisions based on allegations of clear and unmistakable error and survivor claims for dependents of veterans.
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