- Veterans are not aware of the benefits to which they are entitled
- Injuries, both mental and physical, are not “connected to service” by a proper paper trail
- Some were given less than fully honorable discharges for behaviors that were related to post traumatic stress or minor disciplinary infractions and the status of their discharge makes them ineligible for benefits
Advocating for Veterans - the Basics on Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Cultural Competency
Practicing Law Institute
Approved for credit in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The amount of credit may vary; see the "CLE Credit" tab on the program description page.
You can speed up the process of being accredited with the VA by:
- Contacting OGCAccreditationMailbox@va.gov
- In your email message to the VA, please indicate that you are a registered participant in the May 6th PLI training
- Include a copy of your State Bar Certificate of Good Standing
Attorneys and other advocates who become accredited will be listed on a national VA list, and are entitled to represent veterans in their claims for benefits, on a pro bono basis, and for attorney’s fees on appeals, where they are available.