In May, DWT was pleased to host a training session put on by The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, which helps provide legal representation to veterans who’ve had their claims for VA benefits denied, and who are seeking to appeal their case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Before the consortium was launched in the early 1990s, the majority of such veterans proceeded without legal help. Today, the goal of the consortium is that every veteran (or survivor of a veteran) with a legally credible claim who pursues an appeal, and who wishes to be represented by counsel, will have competent representation.
Several lawyers from DWT were among the many attorneys who participated in the training, which was offered onsite at our Seattle office and via the Web.
The training took place with the assistance of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), whose Public Interest Committee adopted veterans’ health and disability issues as an area of focus over the past year. Bob Homchick, a partner in DWT’s health care practice and a member of the AHLA board of directors, says the training session “was one of the ways in which we sought to promote member involvement in veterans’ issues. AHLA hopes to host similar programs in other cities over the upcoming year. We are also working on veterans-focused publications on health issues.”