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"Taking Point" Blog

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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Case Review: 16-3961, DeCent v. Shulkin (Scope of a Claim)

  What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The scope of a claim is determined by a sympathetic assessment of the veteran’s description of the claim, the veteran’s symptoms and information submitted to or received by the VA in support of the claim… Read More
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Case Review: 16-1655, Hubert D. Bone v. Shulkin (PTSD Rating)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The need for adequate reasons and bases from a BVA Judge is particularly acute when the findings and conclusions pertain to the degree of disability resulting from a mental health condition. Mittleider v. West, 11… Read More
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Case Review: 16-3258, Efrem Knowles

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The probative value of a medical opinion in a VA benefits claim derives from the factually accurate, fully articulated, sound reasoning for the conclusion. Nieves-Rodriguez v Peake, 22 Vet. App. 295, 304(2008). The… Read More
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Case Review: 16-2192, Roderick C. Dean v. Shulkin

  What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The Board of Veterans Appeals must analyze the legal credibility and probative value of the evidence, accounting for that which is persuasive or unpersuasive, and providing reasons for rejection material evi… Read More
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Case Review: CAVC #16-2628, George Kemp, Jr. v. Shulkin

  What  is the “Deep Issue” in the case? A veteran is entitled to special monthly compensation (SMC) if, owing to a service-connected disability the veteran suffered anatomical loss of use of one or both feet. 38 U.S.C. § 1114(k),… Read More
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The Business of Law

Anybody can hang out a shingle and start a small law firm, but the attorneys who will succeed must invariably learn something about the business of law. There are, in theory,  so many resources available that one might think it would be hard… Read More
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Categories: The Business of Law

Veterans Law updates.

When I represent a veteran before the VA Regional Office or BVA, I build my client’s case based on the current law as I understand it. My Notice of Disagreement is shaped by the legal errors that the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)… Read More
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Your Complete Guide to the CAVC: the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

CAVC Court Background.  The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) was created on November 18, 1988, by Public Law 100-687. The CAVC is not a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs — the CAVC is a federal court and part… 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!