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.
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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Hiring Experienced Paralegal for our VA Claims practice area.
Attig | Curran | Steel, PLLC, is a nationally recognized leader in VA claims/appeals. Our main office is in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, though we have team membAttig | Curran | Steel, PLLC, is a nationally recognized leader in VA claims/appeals.… Read More
March 3rd, 2023
8 Reasons to Choose Attig | Curran |Steel to handle your Veterans Court appeals.
If you are an agent, VSO, or attorney, you have a tough decision under AMA when the BVA issues a denial of your client’s benefits. On one hand, you can file a supplemental claim. On the other, you can file an appeal to the US Court of Appeals f… Read More
October 26th, 2022
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 w… Read More
June 3rd, 2022
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 “sta… Read More
May 18th, 2022
Categories: Building a Better Law Firm, Veterans Law Updates
Tags: 38 C.F.R. §20.1304, abuse of discretion, arbitrary or capricious, Butts v. Brown 5 Vet. App. 532 (1993) (en banc), clearly erroneous, de novo, Gilbert v. Derwinski 1 Vet App 49 (1990), Hersey v. Derwinski 2 Vet. App. 91 (1992), inadequate reasons and bases, not in accordance with the law, standards of review, Thun v. Peake 22 Vet. App. 111 (2008)
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
May 16th, 2022
Categories: Building a Better Law Firm, Taking Point! Blog
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 Meredith (who wr… Read More
March 2nd, 2021
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 wrote the opinion… Read More
February 26th, 2021
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. In this video,… Read More
February 12th, 2021
"I am a Black man who jogs."
“I am a Black man who jogs” was written by Augustus Turner, Mr. Turner retains all copyright to the image and content; it is republished here with his permission. Augustus Turner is a husband, a father, a soldier, and an attorney. He curr… Read More
June 26th, 2020
Tags: Augustus Turner, Black veterans
Introducing the Lawyers Coffee Crew (Episode 001)
Earlier this year, I tested an idea – what if a group of lawyers grabbed a virtual cup of coffee every Monday morning and chatted about their progress building a profitable law firm that prioritizes the attorney’s well being? Those “… Read More
September 30th, 2019
Categories: Lawyer Wellness