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NOVA must reschedule this webinar to Thursday June 24 at 2PM. see more
NOVA’s Summer Webinar Series covering Clear and Unmistakable Error, originally scheduled the first session for Wednesday, June 23 at 2PM.
Please note, NOVA must reschedule this webinar to Thursday June 24 at 2PM.
Any questions or concerns about this change, please contact NOVA Staff HERE.
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The Board of Veterans’ Appeals has held over 13,000 virtual tele-hearings. These virtual... see more
U.S Department of Veterans Affairs - The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) has held over 13,000 virtual tele-hearings. These virtual tele-hearings allow the Board to hold hearings for Veterans safely and efficiently from wherever the Veteran chooses. Best of all, the technology allows the Board to be more efficient and more productive, increasing the number of yearly hearings it can hold.
What is a hearing?
When a Veteran disagrees with a decision that VA made on their compensation claim, the Veteran has three options when asking for another look at the decision. One of those options is called an appeal, which is sent to BVA (the Board). At the Board, the Veteran has the choice to request a hearing with a Veterans Law Judge (Judge). The Veteran, their representative and the Judge all meet to discuss the Veteran’s appeal.
The Judge is there to help, asking the Veteran questions to better understand the appeal. After the hearing, the appeal is held for about 90 days or more before the Judge reviews the appeal and issues a decision.
Requesting a hearing does take the Board longer to decide the appeal. That’s because a lot of Veterans ask for hearings (more than 85,000 are waiting). Virtual tele-hearings allow the Board to hold more hearings. More hearings enable the Board to get more Veterans a faster decision.
But, we need your help: the Board wants to hold 50,000 hearings in 2021.
2020, a record year
In 2020, the Board issued over 100,000 decisions to Veterans, a record number. The Board didn’t stop holding Veterans’ hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic, it just moved to virtual tele-hearings. This year so far, more than 13,000 Veterans have had a virtual tele-hearing and will receive decisions on their appeals.
What’s different about a virtual hearing?
Virtual tele-hearings allow the Veteran and representative to use their cellphone, computer, or tablet to have a hearing with a Veterans Law Judge. It’s just like a virtual doctor appointment. The Veteran can do this from their home, from a car, or from any location with wifi.
How does it work?
If the Veteran chooses a virtual tele-hearing, the Board will send the Veteran or person assisting the Veteran an email with connection details. This email will connect the Veteran to a hearing with the Judge. The Board has people standing by to help if there are any technical difficulties before or during the hearing. A Veteran’s family member or caregiver can also attend and assist.
Is it the same as other Board hearings?
Yes, except the Board gets to the Veteran’s place in line much quicker! Currently, the Board has approximately 25 Judges available every day to hold hearings. Once the hearing is held, the Veteran’s appeal will move forward in the decision process.
How do you get one?
Call your representative and tell them to call the Board and ask for a virtual tele-hearing, or send the Board an email requesting a virtual hearing at BVAVirtualHearing@VA.gov.
Do I have to wait for a hearing?
No, a hearing is not required for your appeal. A Judge can do a through review of your appeal and the submitted evidence and make a decision with no hearing. This is the fastest way to receive a decision from the Board.
What other kinds of hearings are available?
- Video hearings are when a Veteran travels to their closest regional office and teleconferences with the Judge in Washington, D.C. Video hearings are open depending on the status of the regional office, and we are only able to accommodate a limited amount to Veterans to make sure everyone is socially distant and safe. Good news: if you selected a video hearing, you can ask your representative to change your hearing to a virtual hearing by emailing the Board at BVAVirtualHearing@VA.gov.
- Central Office hearings are where a Veteran travels to Washington, D.C., for their in-person hearing with a Judge. Central Office hearings are open, but capacity is limited to ensure appropriate social distancing and sanitized hearing rooms. If you prefer not to wait, the Board has openings for virtual tele-hearings. You may also switch your Central Office hearing to a video hearing at the regional office or to a virtual tele-hearing.
- Travel Board hearings are where a Veteran travels to a regional office for an in-person hearing with a Judge. Travel Board hearings are currently suspended! The Board has not held a Travel Board hearing in over a year and does not have a timeline to resume this type of hearing. The Board anticipates significant delays for those Veterans wishing to have a Travel Board hearing. Don’t delay: You can switch your Travel Board hearing to a video hearing at the RO or a virtual tele-hearing.
While the Board offers different types of hearings, selecting a virtual tele-hearing is the fastest way for a Veteran to have a hearing to get a decision.
The Board wants to be able to make a decision on all appeals without delay. If you choose a virtual tele-hearing, it will not change anything about your appeal and it may get your decision decided faster.
Click here to find out how to choose a virtual tele-hearing and learn more.
President Joe Biden has tapped the second-ranking official at the National Collegiate Athletic... see more
Donald Remy, an Army veteran with long ties to both Biden and former President Barack Obama, was nominated Friday as VA’s deputy secretary.
If confirmed, he will be only the second Black veteran to serve in that leadership role. VA Secretary Denis McDonough in recent weeks has promised that his leadership team will underscore the president’s “seriousness about diversity and inclusion” at the department.
He will also be the first Senate-confirmed holder of the post in more than a year. Carolyn Clancy has been serving in the role in an acting capacity since the start of Biden’s presidency. The last Senate-confirmed deputy was James Byrne, who was fired by then Secretary Robert Wilkie in February 2020.
Remy is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Howard University School of Law, and spent four years in the Army. During his time in uniform, he served as assistant to the Army General Counsel, handling a host of legal and policy issues. He later worked as deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.
Remy worked for the Federal National Mortgage Association (better known as Fannie Mae) for six years in the early 2000s, before the corporation was taken over by the government following the 2007 recession and mortgage crisis.
In 2009, Remy was selected by Obama to serve as general counsel for the Army, but was forced to withdraw his nomination after failing to include his Fannie Mae experience on official government forms.
He joined the NCAA a few years later, where he has held a variety of roles, including chief legal officer. That has put him at the center of a number of widely publicized legal fights for the sports association, including whether college athletes should receive more compensation for their work.
Remy’s nomination is the second major VA leadership announcement made by the White House this month. Earlier, officials named retired Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn as the pick to take over as VA’s Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs.
Two other major department posts — the Under Secretary for Health and Under Secretary for Benefits — remain without official nominations. The department is undergoing a formal search for the health post, as mandated under federal statute.
A confirmation hearing for Remy and Quinn is expected later this spring.
Read the full article HERE
Join our presenters to learn tips to navigate mental health in representation and for our CUE series see more
NOVA is excited to announce upcoming webinar programming for 2021!
Coming May 20 is our "Tips for Navigating Mental Health in Representation" Webinar. Join NOVA member Chelsea Donaldson as she aims to help advocates and their staff members communicate with their clients and potential clients in a meaningful and trauma-informed way. Chelsea will provide tips for talking to and representing veterans with mental illness; tips for de-escalation and navigating trauma; and tips for navigating delusions and psychotic disorders. This webinar is a NOVA Members-Only exclusive. To learn more and sign up, Click HERE.
Join us for our CUE Webinar series coming this June & July! A motion for revision based on clear and unmistakable error (CUE) is an important tool that can overturn a prior unfavorable decision for your client. NOVA members Katrina Eagle and Jim Radogna will provide comprehensive training on using this tool successfully in your practice. To learn more and register to attend, Click HERE.
Katy Whalen posted an eventJoin us for our next Webinar series on June 23 and July 21! see more
NOVA Webinar Series: Clear and Unmistakable Error: Identifiying and Litigating CUE
Katrina J. Eagle, Esq.
Jim Radogna, Accredited Agent
Veterans Law Office of Katrina J. Eagle
CUE 1.0: June 24, 2021
CUE 2.0: July 21, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET
A motion for revision based on clear and unmistakable error (CUE) is an important tool that can overturn a prior unfavorable decision for your client. Join NOVA members Katrina Eagle and Jim Radogna as they provide comprehensive training on using this tool successfully in your practice.
In the June session, Katrina and Jim will cover the relevant statutes and regulations, analyze the mechanics of filing and litigating CUE motions, and distinguish what does and does not constitute CUE. In July, they will discuss case law regarding CUE, and walk you through CUE case studies and hypotheticals.
For twenty-five years, Katrina Eagle has represented veterans nationwide in a wide array of issues involving benefit entitlements by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Together with her husband, VA Accredited Agent Jim Radogna, they represent veterans and their family members before all 58 VA Regional Offices, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In October 2019, Katrina received the ABA’s “Making A Difference through Pro Bono Work” Award. She is a Certified Veterans Advocate (CVA) Instructor for the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO).
Jim Radogna, an accredited VA agent, ran a successful legal consulting business in the automotive industry for many years before redirecting his passion for helping people to veterans’ benefits claims and appeals. In addition to representing veterans, he also manages the law office’s social media presence and content.
Katrina and Jim also develop curriculum and training materials for NACVSO, as well as co-present at various state and national Veterans Service Officer conferences.
Register today by selecting your tickets below - then click purchase!
Member Registration Fee: $99.00
Special Members Only Package Price: $150.00
Non-Member Registration Fee: $149.00
*Please be advised that the first session was originally scheduled for June 23 and has been rescheduled for June 24.
PLEASE NOTE: NOVA conducts its webinars using Bizzabo. Upon completion of registration, you'll get an email from Bizzabo containing instructions regarding how to join the webinar at the scheduled date and time. Any questions or concerns - please feel free to contact NOVA Staff.
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