• Meghan McNamer posted an article
    This webinar covers important issues to consider while obtaining vocational evidence. see more

    NOVA - Vocational evidence is a key component of a successful claim or appeal for a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (TDIU). This webinar, presented by Maria Vargas & Ashley Johnson of Vargas Vocational, covers important issues to consider when obtaining vocational evidence, including the qualifications of an expert and the methodology of vocational assessments. The presenters address vocational issues using VA terminology; consider specific challenges of cases involving mental limitations; and discuss marginal employment and protected work environments. They also analyze the impact of the CAVC’s decision in Ray v. Wilkie, 31 Vet.App. 58 (2019), which addressed the economic and noneconomic components of what it means to be “unable to secure and follow substantially gainful employment.”

     

     

    For more info and to purchase, please click HERE.

    *This on demand program has been approved for CLE in Virginia.

  • Jeffrey Lauer joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .
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    The VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans. see more

    VA.gov - The VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans in the face of this emerging health risk. We are working directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus. VA has administered over 848 COVID-19 tests nationwide while taking aggressive steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

    These measures include outreach to Veterans and staff, clinical screening at VA health care facilities, and protective procedures for patients admitted to community living centers and spinal cord injury units.

    For full info, please click HERE.

  • Brett Lohmeier joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .
     March 18, 2020
  • Meghan McNamer posted an article
    NOVA Spring Conference is canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. see more

    NOVA - On behalf of the NOVA Board of Directors, Seminar Committee, and staff, we are announcing that NOVA Spring Conference is canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. All registrants have been notified about the next steps via email on March 18, 2020. If you have registered for the conference, but have not received an email, please contact Meghan McNamer at the NOVA office.

    Thank you for your support of NOVA and patience the past few weeks. We are here to support you in your representation of our nation’s veterans in the days and weeks ahead.  Our fall conference is slated for October 22-24, 2020, in Cincinnati at the Hyatt Regency. We currently plan to open registration this summer and hope to see you there!

     

  • Meghan McNamer posted an article
    In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to update the NOVA community. see more

    NOVA - In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the measures businesses are taking across the country to ensure the safety of their employees and guests, we wanted to update the NOVA community.  In accordance with CDC recommendations, as of Monday, March 16, 2020, NOVA’s employees are working remotely until further notice. We are monitoring our phones remotely. We remain operational throughout this period and will continue to serve you.  For the speediest response:

    If you are a veteran seeking an advocate to help you with your VA disability appeal, please check our advocate directory here.

    If you need information about membership, please email Katy Whalen at kwhalen@vetadvocates.org.

    If you need information about conference registration, please email Meghan McNamer at mmcnamer@vetadvocates.org.

    If you are VA employee, Capitol Hill employee, or an employee of another veterans organization with a question, concern, or need other information, please email Diane Boyd Rauber at drauber@vetadvocates.org.

    Thank you for your support of NOVA.  We are here to support you in your representation of our nation’s veterans in the days and weeks ahead.  

    NOVA staff

     

     

     

  • Mark Matthews joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .

    Former Major in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. Co-founder of the Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic at the College of William & Mary School of Law.

     March 15, 2020
  • Meghan McNamer posted an article
    You have a scheduled medical appointment at a VA facility, but you have cold symptoms. see more

    Military.com - You have a scheduled medical appointment at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility, but you have a nagging cough and cold symptoms. What do you do? 

    I understand. You don't want to walk into a hospital waiting room and sit there coughing. Everyone will move away from you. Or the reverse: You don't want to walk into a hospital waiting room that is full of people who are coughing and sneezing and possibly walk out sick yourself.

    Let's face it, hospital waiting rooms are full of sick people. What do you do if you have an appointment at a VA hospital and COVID-19 is making its way through the population

    Your options depend on the reasons for your appointment.

    To read more, click HERE.

  • Melissa Daigrepont joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .

    Melissa Daigrepont is a licensed attorney and served in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps from 2002 to 2012. During her time in the military, Melissa deployed as ship's...

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    Melissa Daigrepont is a licensed attorney and served in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps from 2002 to 2012. During her time in the military, Melissa deployed as ship's company onboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) aircraft carrier supporting missions over Afghanistan and also served in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

    After the Navy, Melissa worked for Louisiana’s U.S. Small Business Administration and as a Business Banker with Capital One.  She is now in private practice as an accredited attorney representing Veterans against the VA in disability claims appeals.  Melissa also runs Glitterous Stimulation, a New Orleans based company making custom headpieces and glittered throws for busy professional women.

    Melissa holds a B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University, a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, an LL.M. in Military Law specializing in International/Operational Law from the Army JAG School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an MBA from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

     March 09, 2020
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  • Meghan McNamer posted an article
    Presenting Vocational Evidence In Your TDIU Appeal webinar. see more

    NOVA - Vocational evidence is a key component of a successful claim or appeal for a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (TDIU).  Join Maria Vargas and Ashley Johnson as they discuss important issues to consider when obtaining vocational evidence, including the qualifications of an expert and the methodology of vocational assessments.  The presenters will address vocational issues using VA terminology; consider specific challenges of cases involving mental limitations; and discuss marginal employment and protected work environments.  They will also analyze the impact of the CAVC’s decision in Ray v. Wilkie, 31 Vet.App. 58 (2019), which addressed the economic and noneconomic components of what it means to be “unable to secure and follow substantially gainful employment.”

    NOVA's next webinar on Presenting Vocational Evidence In Your TDIU Appeal will be on Thursday, March 5 at 2:00 pm ET. For more info and to register, please click HERE.

  • Jennifer Lovejoy joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .
     February 26, 2020
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