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Veterans Benefits Law and Practice: An Overview

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Produced on November 13, 2018

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This program, presented by veteran and former Veterans Affairs (VA) attorney Tom Kniffen, will address the basic legal concepts that pertain to obtaining disability compensation benefits from VA. The primary focus will be VA disability compensation benefits, including a discussion of the basic requirements for service connection and statutory amounts of monthly benefits. Mr. Kniffen will also address VA healthcare benefits and pension benefits. He will conclude by explaining the basic requirements for attorneys who want to represent veterans at VA and before the CAVC.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the basic legal concepts that pertain to obtaining disability compensation benefits from Veterans Affairs
  2. Identify the necessary requirements for service connection and statutory amounts of monthly benefits
  3. Discuss the requirements for attorneys to represent veterans before Veterans Affairs and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

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Faculty

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.



Reviews

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Shannon J.

Awesome introduction to VA disability issues.

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Sheri M.

Very good.

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Toni R.

I was hoping for more information.

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Regina Z.

very informative

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Annette E. P.

Excellent

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Kirk L.

informative

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Samuel W.

good overview

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Patricia S.

An excellent course.

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Katherine P.

great presentation for attorneys to get updated on VA benefits!

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Robert S.

Good resource for veterans benefits

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Elisa A.

Niche topic. Well presented and interesting b

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Ann W.

Excellent class outlining the basics. Would highly recommend.

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Earl B.

good summary

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