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Thursday, Apr. 23, 2009

Veterans Training on Friday, May 29

Learn about the structure and organization of the VA from nationally known veteran's law expert Michael Taub

Veterans Training May 29

Join nationally known veteran's law expert Michael Taub, director of the Veterans Project at the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia, for this program and leave with a clear understanding of the VA benefit programs and substantive law, as well as practical tips for navigating the VA procedures.

At the Veterans Training: Representing Clients Before the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston, learn about the structure and organization of the VA, details of the claims procedure, including initial claims, claims to reopen old claims, and rating increases at the regional offices. You must be accredited by the VA to attend this training. The program discussion will include:

  • General eligibility requirements;
  • Rights to appeal; and
  • The process for securing disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, and pensions.

Attorneys representing claimants for veterans benefits must be accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and must satisfy the CLE requirements contained in the May 2008 final rules that established the VA's accreditation process, its regulatory authority over individuals who assist claimants with the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits, and its oversight to review the fees and expenses charged for representation in proceedings before the Department.

This 3.0 hour CLE program satisfies the requirements of 38 C.F.R. §14.629(b)(iii) and has been approved by the Maryland State Bar Association for 3.0 hours of MCLE credit.

MBA members: $160; and nonmembers: $250.
* Note: This training is FREE for any MBA member who agrees to take one pro bono veterans benefits matter during 2009-10. All attendees will receive a copy of the 2008 Lexis/Nexis Veterans Benefits Manual and Federal Veterans' Laws, Rules and Regulations.

For more information, or to register, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or e-mail. For a complete program schedule, click here.

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