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Appealing the Denial of Veteran Benefit Claims (Update)

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Produced on October 26, 2015

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Course Information

Course Description

This course, presented by attorney Eric Gang, provides basic procedural information as to how to implement the nuts and bolts of handling a VA administrative appeal. It covers basic time deadlines, the required documents, what types of claims can be appealed, advice on initiating the appellate process, common errors in Board decisions, exhaustion of administrative remedies, and the CAVC’s jurisdiction. The course is ideal for the elder law practitioner who does VA pension work and needs to have a basic understanding of the VA appeal process should a claim be denied.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Assess scheduling issues pertaining to the timely handling of a VA appeal

II.    Review the process of receiving an agency decision and dissecting its parts

III.   Identify the agency decisions that are appealable and the exceptions to those rules

IV.   Define, draft and file an “NOD” (Notice of Disagreement) – what info should be included?

V.    Plan a timely and place-appropriate NOD filing

VI.   What is a DRO? Understand the right time and situation and limitations when requesting a DRO

VII.  Explore the SOC, form 9, the SSOC and highlighting the important considerations

VIII. Apply BVA certifications and appeal BVA denials

IX.   Grasp the important jurisdictional requirements

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Eric Gang

Gang & Associates, LLC

Eric has been in the private practice of law since 1998. He is the founding member of Gang & Associates, LLC, Veterans Disability Lawyers, a law firm that represents veterans worldwide in their appeals for VA disability benefits. He maintains offices in New York City and New Jersey. 

Eric graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law (Newark, New Jersey), where he served on the Legislative Law Journal. 

Eric is licensed to practice law in all New Jersey state courts; the Federal District Court, District of New Jersey; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In addition, Eric is an accredited representative with the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Eric’s past and current affiliations include membership in the National Organization of Veterans Advocates, the CAVC Bar Association, the Veterans and Military sections of the Federal Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Eric has also served as a member of the American Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. 

Eric is a frequent speaker and lecturer in the area of veterans’ disability law. He is a faculty member at LawLine.com, where he teaches continuing legal education courses in the area of veterans’ disability law. In addition, Eric is also a lecturer for the National Business Institute (NBI), a national provider of continuing education services, where he teaches about veterans’ issues. He has lectured for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and is a contributor on veterans’ issues for WRNJ radio. 

He has co-authored two books published by NBI on veterans’ benefits and funding long-term care. His published work has also appeared in The Federal Lawyer magazine, and his work for veterans has been mentioned in media outlets across the country.

Eric is the founder and executive director of the Disabled Veterans Resource Center, Inc., a nonprofit veterans’ advocacy group.


Ronald H.

Very helpful on a current case. Good pointers.

Gwendolyn S.

Excellent presentation. Detailed information.

Darrell N.

I work at DC VA Medical Center and found this information very helpful

Eric M.

Excellent subject matter knowledge. Thanks for the very useful appeal overview!

Denine G.

Great program. A little disheartening to the veteran, but we must deal with truth in law and it is not always kind.

Rose Ann P.

great presenter!

Mara H.

I have extensive experience with military medical discharges (MEB/PEB) and also with the CAVC, however, I have not previously practiced before the BVA. This course filled a gap in my knowledge regarding the appeal process at the Board. Very helpful.

Ron S.

Great Webinar; excellent Instructor.

William M.

I am a VSO and I love his courses! Extremely detailed.

Charles W.

Good Presentation.

Derek B.

Excellent class.

mklaw2004@gmail.com K.

Eric Gang is a great speaker. Knows subject well, is passionate about it and gives good recap after each section. Excellent. Would like to see more Veterans benefits seminars be made available.

Kathleen H.

Lots of good/real examples.

Marjorie B.

He really knows his stuff and can explain it

Robert S.


Melody E.

Great Information

Anthony M.

Very good!

Russell B.

Mr. Gang again gave an outstanding presentation .

Michael K.

Excellent seminar

Nancy K.

Instructor is excellent.

Jill T.

Excellent Presentation on an important area. Thank You.

Stephen K.

Very informative and well presented.

Kristina U.

Great course. Very interesting.

Sarah R.

This course was very depressing given subject matter, but as a veteran advocate this was valuable to me. It gave a great "quick and dirty" overview of the appeal process and while I was familiar with most of the developments, it was helpful to get specific case law cites and current processing times.

Virginia J.

This presenter does an excellent job in this area.

Ana M. M.


D Kenneth B.

Excellent instructor. As a veteran myself, I appreciate the instructor's dedication and commitment to assisting veterans with their service-connected disabilities.

Barry G.

Very good use of citations to illustrate points.

Lawrence P.

Excellent presentation! Very knowledgeable.

Christopher M.

Lots of stuff. Could have an entire course on this. Recommending a particular book on the process would be good

Jeffrey F.

Excellent program

Susan H.

Excellent presenter, great content, including practical information as well as law.

Elizabeth Z.

Thank you.

Joshua C.

really good

John B.

This course is an eye opener on the outrageous way our Vets are treated. Very troubling.

Mark C.


Cam M.


David G.

Excellent course!

Chris S.

Excellent Presenter

Timothy H.

good course for those involved in this area

Cathleen W.

Good presentation. Answering questions from viewers was helpful.

Jackie H.

Excellent choice to hold both seminars on the same day. I look forward to using this in the future to represent veterans.

Kelly H.


Stuart P.

Eric did a very nice job

Danny F.

Excellent presentation for such limited time!

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