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Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2013 (Free)

Released on: Nov. 15, 2013
Running Time: 06:13:20

Running Time Segment Title Faculty Format
[01:05:15] Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities Michael Blecker ~ Executive Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
John Robert Unruh ~ Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares
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[01:01:12] Service Connected Disability Compensation and Character of Discharge Bradford Adams ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
John Robert Unruh ~ Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares
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[01:00:30] Special Disabilities, Procedures and Practice Pointers Bradford Adams ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
John Robert Unruh ~ Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares
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[01:00:10] Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community; Demographics, Cultural Characteristics, Myths and Stereotypes about Veterans Amy N. Fairweather ~ Policy Director, Swords to Plowshares
Starlyn Lara ~ Women Veteran Program Manager, Community Educator and Outreach Program Manager, Swords to Plowshares
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[01:00:50] Military Discharge Upgrade and Review Teresa Panepinto ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Katherine Dwight ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
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[01:00:10] Special Issues in Discharge Review Teresa Panepinto ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Katherine Dwight ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
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IMPORTANT!! GET ACCREDITED BY THE VA BEFORE YOU ATTEND THIS TRAINING.

  1. Attorneys and other advocates must be accredited to practice before the VA. To obtain accreditation you must complete this form: www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA21a.pdf.
  2. Accreditation by the VA may take several weeks, so do not delay filing your application. You can speed up the process by emailing the form to OGCAccreditationMailbox@va.gov and including a copy of your State Bar Certificate of Good Standing
  3. Within 12 months of accreditation you are required to complete three hours of qualifying CLE. The morning session of this program satisfies that requirement, but only if you have already received your accreditation from the VA.

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.

There are over 21 million veterans in the U.S.; many of them are not aware of the benefits to which they are entitled.  Medical and financial assistance are available to men and women who have served in the 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, such as:

  • Lack of proper paper trails to “service-connect” their injuries
  • Ineligibility for benefits for those given less than fully honorable discharges for behaviors that were related to post traumatic stress disorder or minor disciplinary infractions
Lecture Topics [Total time 06:13:20]

Segments with an asterisk (*) are available only with the purchase of the entire program.

  • Program Overview and Introductions* [00:05:13]
    Michael Blecker, Theresa Mesa, Teresa Panepinto
  • Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities [01:05:15]
    Bradford Adams, John Robert Unruh, Nicole M. Perez, Michael Blecker
  • Service Connected Disability Compensation and Character of Discharge [01:01:12]
    Bradford Adams, Nicole M. Perez, John Robert Unruh
  • Special Disabilities, Procedures and Practice Pointers [01:00:30]
    Bradford Adams, Nicole M. Perez, John Robert Unruh
  • Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community; Demographics, Cultural Characteristics, Myths and Stereotypes about Veterans [01:00:10]
    Amy N. Fairweather, Starlyn Lara
  • Military Discharge Upgrade and Review [01:00:50]
    Teresa Panepinto, Katherine Dwight
  • Special Issues in Discharge Review [01:00:10]
    Teresa Panepinto, Katherine Dwight

The purchase price of this Web Program includes the following articles from the Course Handbook available online:

  • Supplementary Materials (Organized by Subject)
  • Glossary of Acronyms & Terms
  • Resources and Recommended Reading; Recommended Websites
  • Sample VA Documents
  • Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities (Powerpoint Slides)
  • Sample VA Claimant Documents
  • Sample Discharge Review Documents
  • Forms
  • Combat to Community: Advocating for Veterans, Veterans Cultural Competency 2013 (PowerPoint)
  • Sample Briefs
  • Military Discharge Upgrade and Review and Special Issues in Discharge Review (PowerPoint)
  • Self-Help Materials
  • Special Issues in Discharge Review (PowerPoint)
    Amy N. Fairweather, Becca von Behren, Bradford Adams, John Robert Unruh, Michael Blecker, Nicole M. Perez, Starlyn Lara, Teresa Panepinto, Theresa Mesa

Presentation Material

  • Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities: Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities PowerPoint Slides
    Bradford Adams, John Robert Unruh, Nicole M. Perez
  • Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community; Demographics, Cultural Characteristics, Myths and Stereotypes about Veterans: Combat to Community: Advocating for Veterans, Veterans Cultural Competency 2013 PowerPoint Slides
    Amy N. Fairweather, Starlyn Lara
  • Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community; Demographics, Cultural Characteristics, Myths and Stereotypes about Veterans
    Amy N. Fairweather, Starlyn Lara
  • Military Discharge Upgrade and Review: Military Discharge Upgrade and Review PowerPoint Slides
    Becca von Behren, Teresa Panepinto
  • Special Issues in Discharge Review: Special Issues in Discharge Review PowerPoint Slides
    Becca von Behren, Teresa Panepinto
Co-Chair(s)
Theresa Mesa ~ Program Developer, Office of Legal Services, The State Bar of California
Teresa Panepinto ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Speaker(s)
Bradford Adams ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Michael Blecker ~ Executive Director, Swords to Plowshares
Katherine Dwight ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Amy N. Fairweather ~ Policy Director, Swords to Plowshares
Starlyn Lara ~ Women Veteran Program Manager, Community Educator and Outreach Program Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
John Robert Unruh ~ Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares

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Related Items

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Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2013 Theresa Mesa, Office of Legal Services, The State Bar of California
Teresa Panepinto, Swords to Plowshares
 
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