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Craig M. Kabatchnick 
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Re: “'The VA is waiting for us to die'

The Veterans Law Project at North Carolina Central School of Law helps handle veteran's claims at all stages of the claims adjudication process free at no charge to the veteran. The law students involved in the NCCU Veterans Law Project are under the constant supervision of an attorney who was formerly an senior appellate attorney in the VA Office of the General Counsel, who literally handled hundreds of cases. Law students are some of the best and the brightest undergraduate students in the country. These students are trained to apply stutues, regulations and cases law and apply this knowledge to the facts of a particular case.

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Posted by Craig M. Kabatchnick on 03/19/2007 at 1:24 PM

Re: “'The VA is waiting for us to die'

Attorneys are best suited and trained through law schools and legal experience to apply the rules and regulations set forth by federal statutes and regulations governing the VA claims adjudication process, as it pertains to an initial VA claim for compensation and pension. VSO's are not trained in interpreting laws and regulations and applying them to the facts of a particular case. Law students are generally the cream of the crop of their undergraduate classes, and upon graduate you receive a Juris Doctorate degree "J.D." An individual with a Doctorate degree in interpreting rules and regulations governing a claims adjudication process such as the VA's is certainly well equipped to assist veterans in the handing of their claims before the VA. Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims governs the claims adjudication process. Furthermore statutes and regulations pertaining to such areas as the VA's afirmative Duty to Assist the veteran in developing the claim, or the appropriate application of the "Benefit of the Doubt" standard, applicable to all claims, is best interpreted by a law student or attorney with legal background. Not a single VSO has a legal background.

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Posted by Craig M. Kabatchnick on 03/16/2007 at 8:25 PM

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