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Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017

Publication Date: November 2017 Number of Volumes: 1
ISBN Number: na Page Count: 872 pages

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: VA Accreditation FAQ, How to Apply for VA Accreditation as an Attorney or Claims Agent Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 2: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Dependents and Survivors, Burial and Plot Interment Allowance Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing 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 Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 4: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, VA Guaranteed Loan Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 5: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, Homeless Shelter Program Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 6: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Life Insurance, Veterans Group Life Insurance Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing 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 Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing 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 Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 9: Eligibility Determination, Amended on July 27, 2017, VHA Directive 1601A.02, Department of Veteran Affairs Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 10: Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper, March 2016 Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 11: Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades, and Veteran Cultural Competency Program Introduction (PowerPoint slides) Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 12: Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities (PowerPoint slides) Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 13: Sample VA Applications Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 14: VA Service-Connected Disability Compensation (PowerPoint slides) Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 15: §4.130—Scheduling of Ratings—Mental Disorders Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 16: §4.124a—Schedule of Ratings—Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 17: VA Statement Form—Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 18: VA Statement Form—Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Secondary to Personal Assault Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 19: 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 Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 20: Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 21: Special Disabilities, Interaction Between VA Benefits & Other Public Benefits (PowerPoint slides) Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 22: Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community Resources Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney/Interim Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Shannon Kissinger ~ Policy Associate, Institute for Veteran Policy, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 23: Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community (PowerPoint slides) Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney/Interim Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Shannon Kissinger ~ Policy Associate, Institute for Veteran Policy, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 24: Veterans and Bad Paper: The Facts Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
RoseMarie Maliekel ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 25: 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 Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
RoseMarie Maliekel ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 26: Discharge Upgrade Resources Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
RoseMarie Maliekel ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 27: Veterans Discharge Upgrade Manual, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
RoseMarie Maliekel ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 28: Applying for a Discharge Upgrade When You Have PTSD: A Supplemental Guide to the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center’s Veterans Discharge Upgrade Manual Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
RoseMarie Maliekel ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 29: Military Discharge Upgrade and Review I (PowerPoint slides) Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
RoseMarie Maliekel ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 30: Naval Discharge Review Board DD293 PTSD Based Cover Letter, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 31: 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 ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 32: 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 ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 33: 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 ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 34: Military Discharge Upgrade and Review II (PowerPoint slides) Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
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Elizabeth A Hom, Office of Legal Services, The State Bar of California
Barbara Saavedra, Swords to Plowshares
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