Archive for May, 2012

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Senate confirms two new judges for the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

On May 24, 2012, the Senate confirmed two new judges for the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The Court has three vacancies and the addition of two new judges to fill two of those vacancies will be a welcome development.

The two new judges are Margaret Bartley and Coral Wong Pietsch.

Judge Bartley was previously senior staff attorney at the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) and also Director of Outreach and Education for the
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, where she served since 2005. She also served as Editor of The Veterans Advocate® where she had previously worked as Assistant Editor and contributing writer. She represented veterans and their dependents and survivors before the CAVC and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals from 1995. Following law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jonathan R.Steinberg, formerly of the CAVC. She holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.

Judge Pietsch retired from the Army in 2007 as a brigadier general after having served inthe Judge Advocate General Corps since 1974. Since her retirement, she has been living in Hawaii, where she has worked as a civilian attorney for the Army. She has also served on the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. She was the first woman general in the 228-year history of the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and the first Asian-American woman to hold the rank of brigadier general in the Army, promoted to brigadier general while a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. She holds a B.A. from the College of St. Teresa, an M.A. from Marquette University, and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America.

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VA Plans on Increasing Mental Health Staff By 1,900

Monday, May 7th, 2012

VA recently announced that it will add around 1,600 mental health clinicians, which include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers and approximately 300 support staff to its already existing workforce of 20,590 mental health employees.

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki explained that as more Veterans return home from war, all must be done to provide access to quality mental health care. Funds for the increase in staffing will come from the current budget.

To see the official VA announcement, please view this link http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2302

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Veterans Benefit Group Participated in Legal Clinic for Veterans

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

On April 14, 2012, four attorneys and a paralegal from the Goodman Allen Donnelly Veterans Benefit Group participated in a free legal clinic for veterans and their dependents in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The clinic, which was sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Old Dominion University Student Veteran Association, was attended by 85 veterans, who were able to meet with an attorney to discuss their case and get free legal advice on how to proceed. Another free clinic is scheduled to take place in late Summer, and the attorneys and paralegals from Goodman Allen Donnelly will be there once again.

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