NOVA News & Notes – June 15, 2017

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NOVA Board of Directors Nomination/Election Notice 2017 (Term 2018-21)

In accordance with NOVA’s bylaws, the terms of one-third of the members of its Board of Directors expire at the end of each year. This year’s election of Board members will be conducted at the annual Membership Meeting to be held in St. Pete Beach, Florida on October 14, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. ET.

In order to serve on the Board, an individual must have been a Sustaining Member in good standing for the three years preceding his or her nomination and must be either admitted or accredited to practice before either or both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Other membership categories are not eligible to serve.

Board members serve a three (3) year term beginning on January 1st of the year following election.

Board membership requires commitment both of time and resources as you represent other NOVA members. Board members are expected to be active participants in NOVA. They are required to attend Board meetings, seminars, and conference calls. The Board meets in-person at the Spring and Fall seminars and for a two-day planning meeting, bi-monthly by phone, and on an ad hoc basis. Members cover their own expenses, including travel, lodging, and meals for all seminars and meetings.

Anyone interested in serving, and meeting the minimum requirements, must inform the Secretary of his or her desire to be a candidate for election no later than August 8, 2017. Thereafter, the Secretary will solicit additional information from each candidate. The Board shall select by majority vote a number of candidates to appear on the ballot equal to the number of positions on the Board to be filled at the upcoming election. The Board will then announce its selections to NOVA’s membership. Thereafter, additional nominations must be endorsed with the names of at least ten (10) Sustaining Members and submitted to the Secretary. Each such nominee will appear as a candidate on the ballot.

Each candidate may provide a written statement supporting his or her candidacy. Such a statement must be submitted to the Secretary. The Secretary will distribute the written statements to the Sustaining Members prior to balloting. A candidate wishing to speak to the membership at the annual meeting prior to balloting shall be allowed up to five (5) minutes to do so.

Any Sustaining Member in good standing who will not be attending the Membership Meeting may request an absentee ballot from the Executive Director. An absentee ballot may only be cast by members who will not be in attendance. The completed absentee ballot must be submitted to the Secretary and received no later than five (5) days prior to the Membership Meeting.

The nomination and election process will follow this schedule:
July 1, 2017:   The Secretary will begin accepting nominations
August 8, 2017:  Open nominations close
August 22, 2017:  The Board will announce its selection of candidates
September 14, 2017: Deadline for accepting additional nominations
September 18, 2017: The Secretary will announce the slate of candidates
September 22, 2017: Due date for candidate’s statements
September 24, 2017: Last day to request absentee ballots
October 9, 2017: Due date for absentee ballots
October 14, 2017: Election held and results announced

Nominations, candidate’s statements, or questions may be directed to the Secretary, Todd M. Wesche, at

Requests for absentee ballots may be directed to the Executive Director, Diane Rauber, at

Completed absentee ballots must be signed and sent by U.S. mail and addressed to:

Todd M. Wesche, Esq.
P.O.Box 350038
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335-0038


NOVA M21-1 Subscription Service is Now Available! Sign Up Today!

Did you know that in the last few months…….

  • VA updated its M21-1 guidance for scheduling “routine future examinations” for veterans, shortening the time from five years to three years?
  • VA updated its M21-1 manual to implement the Camp Lejeune regulations that became effective on March 14, 2017?
  • VA updated its M21-1 provisions to state mental health DBQs completed by private providers are not acceptable if based on telephone interviews?

If you were a subscriber to NOVA’s M21-1 update service, you would know! In late 2015, VA launched its “live” M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual.  Every week, VA makes numerous changes to the content of this manual. Some of the changes are administrative in nature; others can impact the case you are working on today.

NOVA offers a paid subscription service to provide details about the substance of the changes being made to the M21-1 and provide a searchable PDF document of these changes.  We are offering a tiered payment system, depending on the size of your practice, with the option of paying on a monthly basis or a yearly basis (at a discounted price). These emails will be sent approximately once a week.  You can click HERE to review the pricing structure and sign up today!

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