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Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016

Publication Date: November 2016 Number of Volumes: 1
ISBN Number: na Page Count: 694 pages

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: VA21a, Application for Accreditation as a Claim Agent or Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 2: VA Accreditation FAQ, How to Apply for VA Accreditation as an Attorney or Claims Agent Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 3: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Dependents and Survivors, Burial and Plot Interment Allowance Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 4: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Education and Training, Post-9/11 GI Bill: Factors to Consider Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, 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, VA Guaranteed Loan Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 6: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, Homeless Shelter Program Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 7: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Life Insurance, Veterans Group Life Insurance Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 8: VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, Education and Career Counseling Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 9: DD214 Blank—Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 10: DD214 Sample Post-9/11 Era—Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 11: Sample Character of Service Determination Brief Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 12: Combat to Community—Veteran Cultural Competency, Institute for Veteran Policy (PowerPoint slides) Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Chapter 13: Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities (PowerPoint slides) Kate Richardson ~ Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 14: § 4.130 Schedule of Ratings—Mental Disorders Maureen Siedor ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 15: Sample Brief in Support of Claim for Service-Connected Disability Compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Based on Military Sexual Trauma Maureen Siedor ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 16: Department of Veteran Affairs Service Connected Disability Compensation (PowerPoint slides) Maureen Siedor ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 17: Compensation and Pension Exam Notice Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 18: VCAA Notice, Department of Veterans Affairs Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 19: Sample Ratings Decision 1, Department of Veterans Affairs Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 20: Sample Ratings Decision 2, Department of Veterans Affairs Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 21: Sample Statement of the Case Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 22: Board of Veterans Appeals Decision Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 23: Department of Veteran Affairs Claims Procedure (PowerPoint slides) Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 24: PTSD and Substance Use Disorders in Veterans—National Center for PTSD Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Daniel Kivlahan ~
Jessica L Hamblen ~
Chapter 25: §4.124a Schedule of Ratings—Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 26: Special Issues in VA Disability Benefits Representation (PowerPoint slides) Bradford Adams ~ Staff Attorney & Manager of Direct Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares
Nicole M Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Chapter 27: Veterans and Bad Paper: The Facts Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Becca von Behren ~ Staff Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Chapter 28: Discharge Upgrade Resources Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Becca von Behren ~ Staff Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Chapter 29: Veterans Discharge Upgrade Manual, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 30: Applying for a Discharge Upgrade When You Have PTSD: A Supplemental Guide to the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center’s Veterans Discharge Upgrade Manual Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 31: Military Discharge Upgrade and Review I—Hour 5 (PowerPoint slides) Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Chapter 32: 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 Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Becca von Behren ~ Staff Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Chapter 33: Army Board for Correction of Military Records Cover Letter, Army Review Boards Agency Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Becca von Behren ~ Staff Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Chapter 34: Naval Discharge Review Board Cover Letter, Secretary of the Navy, Council of Review Boards Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Becca von Behren ~ Staff Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Chapter 35: Sample Army Discharge Review Board Brief Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Becca von Behren ~ Staff Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Chapter 36: Sample Board for Correction of Naval Records Brief Margaret Middleton ~ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Becca von Behren ~ Staff Attorney, Homeless Action Center
Chapter 37: Military Discharge Upgrade and Review II—Hour 6 (PowerPoint slides) Becca von Behren ~ Staff Attorney, Homeless Action Center
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Theresa Mesa, Office of Legal Services, The State Bar of California
Kate Richardson, Swords to Plowshares
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