NOVA News & Notes – October 19, 2017



NOVA News & Notes

ICYMI: Recently Discussed on the Forums

Information Exchange Forum -  Proposed reduction – missing dependent's form; no presumption of regularity

Information Exchange Forum - Criterion A of DSM-5 for PTSD

Information Exchange Forum - Related to AFCs and the conference presentation

Outreach, Regulatory, Legislative Information Forum - Secretary Shulkin's letter regarding TDIU

Electronic Access Forum - Information regarding new TRIP portal

Hundreds of Advocates Attended NOVA's 2017 Fall Conference in St. Pete Beach Last Week

NOVA’s Fall Conference in St. Pete Beach in its new format had something for everyone. Once again, we were very fortunate to have several guest speakers from outside of NOVA address our assembly. They included:

- Chief Judge Robert Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) 
- Judge Michael P. Allen of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) 
- Christa Shriber, Deputy Chief Counsel, VA Accreditation Program, Office of the General Counsel
- Allison Zmetra, Program Analyst, VBA
- John Lorenzani, Head Attorney Fee Coordinator AFC/SSVSR, Roanoke VA Regional Office
- Emmett Willis, Jr., AFC/SSVSR, Nashville VA Regional Office

The Board of Directors would like to thank ALL of the presenters along with the dedicated members of our Seminar Committee, chaired by Zachary Stolz, and the NOVA staff for a job well done.

If you attended the Fall Conference, you will be receiving your CLE forms via email within a week. Please contact Meghan Dunham at the NOVA office if you have questions or concerns.

Your feedback is very important to us! If you attended the 2017 NOVA Basic Session and Fall Conference in St. Pete Beach, FL please take a few minutes to fill out the Basic Session Survey and the Fall Conference Survey to let us know how we can change or improve our future conferences. If you attended our luncheon with the speakers on Friday during the conference, please give us your feedback by filling out this brief luncheon survey!
NOVA Webinar Series: Representing Vets and Their Families Before the VA

NOVA is pleased to announce its next webinar series coming in November 2017:

Part 1: Wednesday, November 1 at 2PM ET presented by Matthew Hill, Hill & Ponton
Part 2: Wednesday, November 8 at 2PM ET presented by Chris Attig, Attig | Steel, PLLC
Part 3: Wednesday, November 15 at 2PM ET presented by Kenneth Carpenter, Carpenter Chartered

Three experienced practitioners will walk you through the ABC’s of VA practice. Each session, approximately 1 – 1.5 hours in length, will focus on concepts critical to representation of veterans and their families.  This series is intended to fulfill VA’s accreditation requirements for practitioners that are needed within the first 12 months of initial accreditation. More information and registration COMING SOON!

Save the Date for Future NOVA Conferences!

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

Spring Conference 2019
Nashville, TN - March 21-23, 2019
Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown