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Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018

Publication Date: November 2018 Number of Volumes: 1
ISBN Number: na Page Count: 1070 pages

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Chapter 1: VA Accreditation FAQ, How to Apply for VA Accreditation as an Attorney or Claims Agent Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 2: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Dependents and Survivors, Burial and Plot Interment Allowance Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 3: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Education and Training, Post-9/11 GI Bill: Factors to Consider Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 4: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, VA Guaranteed Loan Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 5: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, Homeless Shelter Program Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 6: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Life Insurance, Veterans Group Life Insurance Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 7: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, Education and Career Counseling Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 8: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Claims for VA Benefits and Character of Discharge, General Information Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 9: Eligibility Determination, VHA Directive 1601A.02, Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (Amended on July 27, 2017) Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 10: Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper, March 2016 Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 11: Health Programs for Veterans, Veterans Health Administration Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 12: Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities (PowerPoint slides) Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 13: VA Claims and Appeals Modernization, Proposed Rules, Federal Register, Vol. 83, No. 155, August 10, 2018 Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Mikayla Pentecost ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 14: Sample VA Forms Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Mikayla Pentecost ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 15: VA Service-Connected Disability Compensation (PowerPoint slides) Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Mikayla Pentecost ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 16: Denied Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Claims Related to Military Sexual Trauma, Report #17-05248-241, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audits and Evaluations, August 21, 2018 Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 17: Quick Guide—Patient/Family: Traumatic Brain Injury, Department of Veterans Affairs, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 18: Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD, National Center for PTSD Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 19: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, The National Institute of Mental Health Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 20: §4.130—Scheduling of Ratings—Mental Disorders Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 21: Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment, February 2018, National Center for PTSD Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 22: Evan R. Seamone and David M. Traskey, Maximizing VA Benefits for Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma: A Practical Guide for Survivors and Their Advocates, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 23: Eligibility Determination, VHA Directive 1601A.02, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (Amended on July 27, 2017) Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 24: Special Disabilities, Interaction Between VA Benefits & Other Public Benefits (PowerPoint slides) Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M. Perez ~ Managing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 25: Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community Resources Shannon Kissinger ~ Policy Associate, Institute for Veteran Policy, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 26: Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community (PowerPoint slides) Shannon Kissinger ~ Policy Associate, Institute for Veteran Policy, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 27: Veterans and Bad Paper: The Facts Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow / Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 28: Unfinished Business: Correcting “Bad Paper” for Veterans with PTSD, The Defense Department’s Adjudication of Discharge Upgrade Applications One Year Since Its September 2014 PTSD Directive Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow / Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 29: Discharge Upgrade Resources Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow / Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 30: Veterans Discharge Upgrade Manual, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (2011) Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow / Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 31: Applying for a Discharge Upgrade When You Have a Mental Health Condition: A Supplemental Guide to the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center’s Veterans Discharge Upgrade Manual Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow / Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 32: Upgrading Your Military Discharge and Changing the Reason for Your Discharge, Swords to Plowshares Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow / Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 33: Racial Disparities in Military Justice: Findings of Substantial and Persistent Racial Disparities Within the United States Military Justice System, Protect Our Defenders Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow / Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 34: Military Discharge Upgrade and Review I (PowerPoint slides) Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow / Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 35: DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Record under the Provisions of Title 10, U.S. Code, Section 1552, December 2014 Margaret Kuzma ~ Director, Discharge Upgrade Practice, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 36: DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States, August 2015 Margaret Kuzma ~ Director, Discharge Upgrade Practice, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 37: Memorandum for Secretaries of the Military Departments (Hagel Memo), Re: Supplemental Guidance to Military Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records Considering Discharge Upgrade Requests by Veterans Claiming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Secretary of Defense, September 3, 2014 Margaret Kuzma ~ Director, Discharge Upgrade Practice, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 38: Memorandum for Secretaries of the Military Departments (Kurta Memo), Re: Clarifying Guidance to Military Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records Considering Requests by Veterans for Modification of Their Discharge Due to Mental Health Conditions, Sexual Assault, or Sexual Harassment, August 25, 2017 Margaret Kuzma ~ Director, Discharge Upgrade Practice, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 39: Memorandum for Secretaries of the Military Departments (Carson Memo), Re: Consideration of Discharge Upgrade Requests Pursuant to Supplemental Guidance to Military Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCMRs/BCNR) by Veterans Claiming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), February 24, 2016 Margaret Kuzma ~ Director, Discharge Upgrade Practice, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 40: Naval Discharge Review Board DD293 PTSD Based Cover Letter, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center Margaret Kuzma ~ Director, Discharge Upgrade Practice, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 41: Military Discharge Upgrade and Review II (PowerPoint slides) Margaret Kuzma ~ Director, Discharge Upgrade Practice, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
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Kate Richardson, Swords to Plowshares
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