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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, a subscription-based educational resource separate and distinct from this law firm, now reaches more than a quarter-million veterans every month.

Today, due to the success and popularity of the Veterans Law Blog® (a subscription-based educational resource separate and distinct from this law firm), a law firm seeking to represent veterans can not be taken seriously if it lacks a blog on veterans law and advocacy.

Today, there are other areas of veterans law that need attention, and the firm intends to "take point" in those areas. 

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.

Elevating Voices.

Like much of American history, the experiences of black veterans has been largely overlooked, hidden behind a curtain of racism that we all pretend does not exist.

In this category, we will elevate the voices and experiences of black veterans to shed light on and begin to remedy the systematic oppression of black veterans and communities.

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How to Talk to an Attorney When Seeking Representation in VA claims.

In the past decade or so, Attig | Steel has talked with thousands of veterans seeking help with their VA Claims and Court Appeals.  During that time, we have reviewed all kinds of VA claims, at all stages of appeal, and communicated with Vetera… Read More
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PRECEDENTIAL CAVC CASE ALERT: Martinez v. Wilkie (17-1551)(38 USC 5103A, the Duty to Assist and C&P Opinions)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? This case had two issues: one statutory and the other constitutional. Issue#1: 38 U.S.C. §5103A(a)(1) requires the Secretary “assist a claimant in obtaining evidence to substantiate the claim.” The… Read More
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How the BVA misapplies the Presumption of Soundness.

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Reviewing the Record Before the Agency (RBA) may be the most important thing you do in your CAVC appeal.

Every appeal to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) begins by filing a Notice of Appeal with the CAVC. Shortly after receiving a Notice of Appeal, the CAVC assigns a docket number. The CAVC Docket Number is the reference number th… Read More
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3 common errors in BVA "continuity of symptomatology" decisions.

If I could write a list of the most common errors in BVA decisions, erroneous continuity of symptomatology decisions would top the list. Read More
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Federal Circuit Precedent Alert: Sucic v. Wilkie (definition of "children" in substitution statute)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? Claimants eligible to receive accrued benefits upon the veteran’s death are, in order of eligibility, the veteran’s spouse, “the veteran’s children” and the veteran’s depende… Read More
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Does the VA Duty to Assist require giving to veterans a copy of their C&P opinions?

One of our clients’ cases, Martinez v. Wilkie, No 17-1551, was recently set for a panel decision by the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).We are not yet sure if there will be supplemental briefing or oral argument at this time. I… Read More
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Coffee w/Chris: Is there enough air in your law firm's tires? (11-19-2018)

Today’s video starts off with an overview of a recent precedential decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in the case of Moody v. Wilkie, Cause No. 16-1707. Click here to read the CAVC’s panel decision in&n… Read More
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FCOA Precedent Alert: Cook v. Wilkie (Can a veteran have more than one BVA hearing?)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? 38 U.S.C. §7107(b) (2012) requires “[t]he Board shall decide any appeal only after affording the appellant an opportunity for a hearing.”  On remand from the Veterans Court, the veteran asked for a new BV… Read More
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Coffee w/Chris (11-14-2018): The problem of attorney suicide.

  In today’s episode, I’m going to give you a quick introduction to the case of Cook v. Wilkie, a November 2018 precedential decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This case is big: it involves when and h… 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!