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Advocating Benefits for Veterans

By Barton F. Stichman

The Veterans’ Judicial Review Act of 1988 and the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 give veterans the right of judicial review of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit decisions and the right to hire an attorney to represent them in VA actions—two rights long denied them. Advocates need to be knowledgeable about VA disability programs, the ins-and-outs of the VA adjudicatory system, and the resources for advocates to ensure that disabled veterans get the benefits they need and deserve.

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