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How to File A Claim for Veterans Benefits

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Produced on December 15, 2018

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Course Information

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

This program, presented by veteran and former Veterans Affairs (VA) attorney Tom Kniffen, will explore how to file a claim for veterans compensation benefits with the VA. It will provide an overview of the basic legal concepts that pertain to obtaining disability compensation benefits, and address how to handle that claim throughout the entire application process. Mr. Kniffen will also discuss the basic requirements attorneys must comply with in order to represent veterans before the VA. The primary focus of this program will be VA disability compensation benefits, though VA healthcare benefits and pension benefits will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine how to file claims for veterans benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and how to handle those claims throughout the duration of the application process
  2. Discuss the basic legal concepts that pertain to obtaining disability compensation benefits from Veterans Affairs
  3. Identify the requirements for attorneys to represent veterans before Veterans Affairs and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2018 Bridge the Gap Event.

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Thomas Kniffen

Law Office of Thomas J. Kniffen

Tom Kniffen is a veteran. He is a former Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force. Tom worked as an appellate attorney for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs [VA], defending VA before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims [CAVC], and as Section Chief of the VA Compensation Service Regulatory Affairs Office, from 1999 – 2015. In both positions, his responsibilities focused upon VA benefits. Since 2015 when he founded his law firm, www.kniffenlaw.com, Tom has represented veterans and their dependents before CAVC, the United State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and VA at the Agency Level.


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Joretta D.

I learned something new even though I have been practicing veterans la for 5 years or more.

Sarah R.

Good, dense content and overview of process and issues

Rose Ann P.

very informative ! Great presenter!

Dennis S.

Very clear lecturer.

Michael M.

Very informative and helpful 

Marisa Z.

thanks great program!

James E.

Absolutely wonderful

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