Monday, September 5, 2011

Advocating for Veterans: the Basics on Benefits, Discharge Upgrades & Cultural Competency - On-Demand MCLE

Medical and financial assistance are available to men and women who have served in our military, but some who can qualify are not receiving the benefits that they need.  Attorneys can assist veterans with the problems that preclude them from receiving benefits:
  • 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
Each of these issues will be addressed in this program.
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:
  1. Contacting
  2. In your email message to the VA, please indicate that you are a registered participant in the May 6th PLI training
  3. Include a copy of your State Bar Certificate of Good Standing
Within 12 months of accreditation you are required to complete 3-hours of qualifying CLE. The morning session of this program satisfies that requirement. Note: you do not have to be accredited to take this program - you may simply be interested in learning the content!
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.

1 comment:

  1. thank you Randy! I saw this online at and have shared it with our advocates at Coffee Strong