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I began practicing Veterans Law in 2007. Shortly after the law changed to allow veterans to hire attorneys to appeal VA ratings decisions, I became one of the first attorneys to become accredited by the VA to represent veterans.

When I started advocating for veterans, there were no blogs covering Veterans Law. I created the wildly popular Veterans Law Blog®, teaching the law and procedure of VA claims and appeals to veterans, VSOs, agents, and attorneys alike. That blog, now a subscription-based educational resource separate and distinct from this law firm, now reaches more than a quarter-million veterans every month.

Today, owing to the prominence and value of the Veterans Law Blog®, a law firm seeking to represent veterans can not be taken seriously if it lacks a blog on veterans law and advocacy.

 Today, so many of our Black veterans, veterans of color, women veterans, and veterans who identify as LGBTQI, are abandoned and neglected as the definition of what a veteran is, and how veterans act, shrinks smaller and smaller.

The Attig | Curran | Steel blog is going to"take point" and expand what it means to be a veteran.  

Veterans Law Updates.

This category will cover changes and updates in the law that flow from the decisions of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. and VA rule-making.

Building Sustainable Law Practices.

The lawyer representing veterans faces unique challenges. This category will share how  we are building a sustainable and profitable law firm that prioritizes the well-being of the attorney and support staff.

The Bridge.

Throughout history, the experiences certain subsets of veterans have been overlooked or hidden behind a curtain of racism and a veil of misogyny we have heretofore pretended does not exist.

In this category of posts we expose the reality minority veterans face, elevate their voices and educate and validate each other in the hope of beginning to remedy the systematic oppression of Black veterans, veterans of color, women veterans and veterans identifying as LGBTQI.

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Action items for veterans who want to lead on gun control.

I really can’t take it anymore. I’m sure many like you feel the same way. Every time another child with a military weapon ambushes a school full of children, I am overwhelmed with emotions that have no outlet. I can’t even process… Read More
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Gun Control is a Veteran’s Business

  While on our way to the nutcracker audition at the local theatre I asked my 9-year-old daughter how her day went at school. “It was okay.  We had another active shooter drill.  When the drill started, I had to run behind and under my teacher… Read More
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Working with Purpose.

After years of exploring different fields, I’ve found purpose-driven work here, at Attig | Curran | Steel.   There are a lot of variables in the experience of “happy.” It is difficult to keep it continuous.  Do I feel happy when my kids… Read More
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Four standards of review at the Veterans Court.

When appellate courts review the decisions of lower courts – or in administrative law where a Court like the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) reviews the decisions of the BVA, an administrative tribunal – they use “… Read More
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A Tale of Two Veterans.

Let me tell you the story of two veterans. The first veteran – we’ll call him Jim – claimed he was exposed to herbicides – Agent Orange – outside of the Republic of Vietnam. After the VA spent decades denying his claim,… Read More
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Veterans Court: What constitutes loss of use of a reproductive organ for purposes of SMC?

In January 2021, the loss of use of a reproductive organ for SMC purposes was the focus of a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals Veterans Claims issued a precedential opinion in Bria v. Wilkie.   The panel consisted of Judge Mere… Read More
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Veterans Court: VA rating for prostate cancer should consider residuals.

In January 2021, the VA rating for prostate cancer was the focus of a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals Veterans Claims issued a precedential opinion in Bailey v. Wilkie.   The panel consisted of Chief Judge Bartley (who… Read More
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A Refreshing Voice to Follow Right Now.

  Bold and unapologetically honest, Pam Keith is a refreshing political voice you need to follow right now.  She smoothly articulates the most rocky and controversial topics of our time.  It is no surprise that this attorney with 25 years of expe… Read More
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Veterans Court weighs in on VA Ratings for Migraines

In November 2020, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals Veterans Claims issued a precedential opinion in Holmes v. Wilkie.   In it, the Court laid out a road map for Veterans trying to get the correct VA rating for migraines… Read More
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The Black Heroine Behind Amanda Gorman

By: Yalitza Ledgister, writing for “The Bridge” Single mothers! The poem “The Hill We Climb” recited by Amanda Gorman during the Inauguration on January 20th, 2021 was also written for you. It was created and articulated by a br… Read More
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About the "Taking Point!" Blog

From veterans law, to attorney wellness, and elevating the voices of Black veterans, the law firm of Attig | Curran | Steel, PLLC, is Taking Point!

Taking Point! Blog

Jun
3
I really can’t take it anymore. I’m sure many like you feel the same way. Every time another child with a military weapon ambushes a school full of children, I am overwhelmed with emotions that have no outlet. I can’t even process… Read More
May
27
  While on our way to the nutcracker audition at the local theatre I asked my 9-year-old daughter how her day went at school. “It was okay.  We had another active shooter drill.  When the drill started, I had to run behind and under my teacher… Read More
May
23
After years of exploring different fields, I’ve found purpose-driven work here, at Attig | Curran | Steel.   There are a lot of variables in the experience of “happy.” It is difficult to keep it continuous.  Do I feel happy when my kids… Read More
May
18
When appellate courts review the decisions of lower courts – or in administrative law where a Court like the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) reviews the decisions of the BVA, an administrative tribunal – they use “… Read More

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