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Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Baseball teams use different types of pitchers at different times in a game. When it comes to your client’s BVA decisions, think of Attig | Steel as your team’s relief pitcher. When your client’s claim or appeal is “on the line”, and you ne… Read More

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals is the first, and only, Article III court that most veterans will ever see in their benefits claims or appeals. Even then, the vast majority of veterans who appeal an adverse decision of the Court of Appeals… Read More

BVA Appeals

If you are a veteran and received a VA Ratings Decision, you have 2 choices — give up, or appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (the BVA). The VA Regional Offices frequently deny even the most clear-cut claims for Veterans and Veterans’ Sur… Read More

Appeals Support for Attorneys & VSOs

It’s all about the narrative. As a VSO or VA accredited attorney, your ability to win your client’s appeal at the Board of Veterans Appeals often turns on how well you tell your client’s story to the Veterans Law Judge. To persuasiv… Read More

Recent Cases

This case involves the special, and very powerful, Nehmer effective date rules.  Mr. Greene, the veteran, sought an effective date for his service connected coronary artery disease. He argued his effective date should go back to 2006, the first clai… Read More
This case involves the BVA’s rejection of a theory of service connection by aggravation for a back condition. The BVA refused to service connect the veteran’s back injury, which he argued was aggravated by service-connected knee and hip i… Read More
  This case involves a veteran who served in the Air Force from 1953 to 1957. During service, he injured his back on a flight line, and has repeatedly tried to service connect the injury since leaving service in 1957. Each time, the claim was de… Read More

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VA Form 21 Blog

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Earlier this year, I tested an idea – what if a group of lawyers grabbed a virtual cup of coffee every Monday morning and chatted about their progress building a profitable law firm that prioritizes the attorney’s well being? Thos… Read More
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If you hear the phrase, lawyers with a purpose, what is your immediate reaction? Do you roll your eyes? Yawn? Close this page and find something else to read? I’ll be honest, the first time a business coach told me that my law practice… Read More

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