Obtaining Veterans’ Benefits Update: What You Now Need to Know


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

The presentation will provide an introduction to the new and multi-tiered VA highway as the presenter describes decisions relating to routes through the VA system from the filing of the initial claim (pack the car or just drive), through one of three lanes, and through more selections at the Board of Veterans Appeals, finally arriving at the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims which has one new off ramp of its own.

During this presentation the wide range of procedural changes and opportunities recently implemented by the VA will be explained. This will cover the changes (detours and new routes) to system’s basic road map as well as decisions which will have to be made by the practitioner and the appellant.

We hope you will enjoy the trip and acquire the fundamentals needed to assist those who have given us our freedoms.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Date / Time: April 20, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
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•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: April 23, 2019

Commander David H. Myers, JAGC, USN, (Ret.) serves as National Appellate Director for the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. He retired from the U.S. Navy in May 2000 after 28 years of enlisted and commissioned service, including 24 years as a Navy Judge Advocate. Upon retirement he joined the Consortium as Deputy Director for Case Evaluation. He subsequently served as Director of the Case Evaluation and Placement Component and was Acting Executive Director from October 2014 through June 2015.

During his career, Dave served in a wide range of legal billets, including Senior Trial Counsel, NLSO, Naples, Italy, during the first Gulf War; and Military Judge, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. During tours at the Criminal Law Division and the Bureau of Naval Personnel he was deeply involved in personnel law issues and sat as voting member of the Clemency and Parole Board. His enlisted service included a deployment to Southeast Asia on the USS Ranger (CVA-61) in 1974. He earned four Meritorious Service Medals.

A native of Centralia, Illinois, Dave is a 1972 graduate of Mac Murray College, Jacksonville, Illinois and a 1978 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana. In 1987 he earned a Master of Laws degree from The Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School.

Dave lives in Maryland with his wife, Debra. He has a daughter, Kaitlyn, who recently received her masters from Duquesne University. He is a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and an amateur historian with a deep interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

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I. The Journey Begins: The Claims Process at the Regional Office
        a) Pick one of two
II. New Roads and Detours: A Variety of New Procedures
III. Choose a Rest Stop: HLRs, Supplemental Claims and the Big Bad Board
        a) Three lanes through the BVA forest
IV. On the Road Again: Past the Board of Veterans Appeals
        a) Grab and attorney and roll to the Court (Within 120 days, of course)
V. Notice of Appeal (120 days)
VI. Other Things
VII. Need a Lift: The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
VIII. The Appellants
IX. Are we There Yet? At the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
X. Judicial Review
XI. 1 Judge, 3 judge and a Full Bench
XII. Jurisdiction
XIII. Scope
XIV. One Step Beyond: The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
XV. At the Pinnacle: The Supreme Court of the United States
XVI. Where did that come from? Post decisional supplemental claim – Say it ain’t so, Joe.
XVII. The Benefits Well Earned
XVIII. Compensation
XIX. Entitlements
XX. Requirements
XXI. Status GOOD PAPER or Not so Good Paper
XXII. The Connection
XXIII. Current Condition
XXIV. Service Injury or Disease
XXVI. Establishing the Service Connection
        a) Direct
        b) Aggravated
        c) Statutory
        d) Secondary
XXVII. Malpractice by the number (1151)
XXVIII. Rating the Disability
        a) Applicable Rating
XXX. Extra-scheduling
XXXI. Reduction
XXXIII. A Few Bumps in the Road: Common VA Errors
XXXIV. For A Few Dollars (more?)