Archive for November, 2013

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Veteran’s Benefit Attorney Serves as Panelist for Veteran’s Law Symposium

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Veteran’s Benefit Group practice attorney, David E. Boelzner, served as a panelist for the first Veteran’s Law Symposium, “Serving Those Who Serviced,” at the University of Richmond School of Law on November 8, 2013. He will also contribute an article to an issue of the Law School’s Journal of Law and the Public Interest dedicated to veteran’s issues, to be issued in the spring.

The Symposium, co-sponsored by the Journal and the Veteran’s and Military Law Association of the Law School, began with a keynote address by Virginia’s junior senator, Tim Kaine, who serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees and thus has significant involvement in veteran’s affairs. Senator Kaine spoke on three veteran-related issues that are currently challenging Congress: the VA claims adjudicatory backlog, the problem of sexual assaults in the military and the tendency of presidents to circumvent Congress in carrying out war powers. He also spoke about some legislation he has introduced to address problems of veterans returning to a tough job market.

The first of two substantive sessions focused on the VA claims system and was moderated by David Boelzner, who began by explaining the claims and appeals processes and describing some of the problems.  American Legion representative Michael Higgins addressed VA’s Fully Developed Claims initiative, noting that it did help speed claims along, essentially because the claimants were doing VA’s work for it.  John Paul Cimino described law school clinical programs and other student activities to assist veterans.

The second session was moderated by Robert Barrett of the Virginia Bar Association’s Veterans Issues Task Force, with assistance from Heather Hays Lockerman, and focused on various avenues to assist veterans outside the claims system, including specialized courts impaneled to address veteran issues outside the ordinary litigation system and through cooperation among judges and social assistance organizations.

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Goodman Allen Donnelly Attend American Legion Conference in Puerto Rico

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

October 25, 2013 — The American Legion’s Department of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands invited attorneys Nancy Foti and Krystle Waldron of the Goodman Allen Donnelly Veterans Benefits Practice Group to attend a conference and speak to Post Commanders and Officers about the needs of veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the legal assistance that Goodman Allen Donnelly can provide in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to.

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We Salute Our Veterans

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Starting Monday, the 11th, we begin celebrating Veteran’s Week—a time to recognize, honor and thank our country’s veterans.

At Goodman Allen Donnelly, we want to take care of our veterans. Through the Veteran’s Benefit Group, a service of Goodman Allen Donnelly, we offer legal help and aid that gives veterans the benefits they have earned.

Join us in celebrating Veteran’s Week, from November 11 to 16. You can do your part in honoring the 22.7 million veterans in our country by volunteering with veteran services groups, or even just by saying “thank you”.

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