Caring. Effective. Efficient.

VA Form 21 Blog

The idea for the VA Form 21 Blog came from my 13+ years of experience trying to build a law practice in a challenging practice area: representation of disabled veterans.

Along my path, I've learned a lot about building a sustainable and profitable law firm that prioritizes the well-being of the attorney. I'd like to pass on my knowledge to other attorneys, regardless of their practice area.

For those who specifically practice Veterans Law, this page is unlike any resource on the "internets" today. It is designed and written specifically for attorneys, advocates, VSOs, and agents. I will keep you current on the law, changes inside the VA, and give you tips and techniques to help deliver quality legal representation to your clients: veterans and their surviving spouses and children.

Join me as we work together to build profitable law firms that prioritize attorney well-being.

Learn more about the VA Form 21 Blog

Case Review: 16-3961, DeCent v. Shulkin (Scope of a Claim)

  What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The scope of a claim is determined by a sympathetic assessment of the veteran’s description of the claim, the veteran’s symptoms and information submitted to or received by the VA in support of the claim… Read More
Read More

Case Review: 16-1655, Hubert D. Bone v. Shulkin (PTSD Rating)

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The need for adequate reasons and bases from a BVA Judge is particularly acute when the findings and conclusions pertain to the degree of disability resulting from a mental health condition. Mittleider v. West, 11… Read More
Read More

Case Review: 16-3258, Efrem Knowles

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The probative value of a medical opinion in a VA benefits claim derives from the factually accurate, fully articulated, sound reasoning for the conclusion. Nieves-Rodriguez v Peake, 22 Vet. App. 295, 304(2008). The… Read More
Read More

Case Review: 16-2192, Roderick C. Dean v. Shulkin

  What is the Deep Issue in the Case? The Board of Veterans Appeals must analyze the legal credibility and probative value of the evidence, accounting for that which is persuasive or unpersuasive, and providing reasons for rejection material evi… Read More
Read More

Case Review: CAVC #16-2628, George Kemp, Jr. v. Shulkin

  What  is the “Deep Issue” in the case? A veteran is entitled to special monthly compensation (SMC) if, owing to a service-connected disability the veteran suffered anatomical loss of use of one or both feet. 38 U.S.C. § 1114(k),… Read More
Read More

The Business of Law

Anybody can hang out a shingle and start a small law firm, but the attorneys who will succeed must invariably learn something about the business of law. There are, in theory,  so many resources available that one might think it would be hard… Read More
Read More
Categories: The Business of Law

VA Form 21 Blog: VA Advocacy Skills

You have certainly heard the story of Noah and the ark? He saved the world and all the animals from a devastating flood.Let me tell you why Noah was able to do what he did. Noah had a vision or, perhaps, an insider tip that flood was on the way. He k… Read More
Read More
Categories: VA Advocacy Skills

VA Form 21 Blog: Legal Updates

When I represent a veteran before the VA Regional Office or BVA, I build my client’s case based on the current law as I understand it. My Notice of Disagreement is shaped by the legal errors that the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)… Read More
Read More

Your Complete Guide to the CAVC: the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

CAVC Court Background.  The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) was created on November 18, 1988, by Public Law 100-687. The CAVC is not a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs — the CAVC is a federal court and part… Read More
Read More

About the "VA Form 21” Blog

I want to teach you what I've learned about building a profitable law practice that prioritizes attorney well-being.

If you practice Veterans Law, the VA Form 21 Blog will work to keep you current on changes in veterans law.