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Special Considerations When Representing Military Veteran Clients

By David Ackerly

Assisting disabled military veterans, who risked injury and death in the service of their country, in obtaining veterans benefits is an honor. Veterans benefit cases involve a slow campaign of paperwork against an intractable bureaucracy—the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—unaccustomed to lawyers representing clients. To succeed in veterans benefits practice, attorneys should learn the different language and culture of the military world and the ramifications of going to war. Although clients with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) and traumatic brain injury can be very difficult, getting VA to approve their benefits is very rewarding.

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