DVA: Keep The Lawyers Away From Us

by TChris

For more than a hundred years, veterans desiring to pursue disability claims haven't been able to hire a lawyer to bring those claims -- unless they can find one who will work for $10 or less. The Department of Veterans Affairs' legislative director wants to keep it that way. He says a proposed change in the law, allowing lawyers to be paid for helping veterans win disability claims, "sends the wrong message to our brave troops fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere -- that they need to hire an attorney to obtain the benefits a grateful nation has provided." Of course, if DVA gratefully paid disability claims, disabled veterans wouldn't need lawyers, making it difficult to understand why DVA would oppose the change.

Here's why it might be helpful for a veteran to have a lawyer fighting to win benefits from DVA:

On Aug. 16, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims rendered a 31-page decision in a veteran appeal which determined that the Department of Veteran Affairs has been unlawfully denying presumptive disability compensation for exposure to Agent Orange for service members who served in the waters offshore of Vietnam and earned the Vietnam Service Medal.

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    Re: DVA: Keep The Lawyers Away From Us (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Aug 31, 2006 at 10:38:39 PM EST
    yeah, but if they actually gave out those earned disability payments, more vets would ask for them, and then where the heck would they be? through years of experience, i have learned that insurance companies, school systems and gov't agencies willingly spend millions of dollars a year, to come up with reasons why they can't help you. for private insurance companies, this is understandable, they are in business to make a profit. if they actually pay your claim, that means less profit for them. not so for the entities responsible for educating our children and helping our disabled vets. they should be ashamed of themselves.

    Re: DVA: Keep The Lawyers Away From Us (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 03:17:49 AM EST
    Just another example of Rovian/Bushian Newspeak. After all, being able to hire an attorney to fight for your rights - rights that should be READILY recognized by your own government! - is so un-American and anti-democratic in this, er, American democracy.