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MLRI: State & Federal Veterans' Benefits

Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Training

  • Product Number: 2210100P01
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    This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, veterans, lay advocates, legislative aides, and anyone else who wants to learn about the basics of state and federal veterans' benefits. The training covers state veterans' benefits under M.G.L. c. 115 (administered by the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services), and federal benefits for healthcare, service-connected disability compensation, and non-service-connected pensions (administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs). The session covers the basic application process, eligibility rules for veterans (military discharge status, financial eligibility, disqualifying conditions, refund status), and the disability requirements for benefits. It also covers the basics of filing an appeal and upgrading a less than honorable discharge.

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    Agenda & Materials

    • 9:30 am – 9:40 am

      Introductions/Agenda Overview

      Anna Schleelein Richardson, Esq., Veterans Legal Services , Boston
    • 9:40 am – 10:10 am

      How a Servicemember Becomes a Veteran: The Military Discharge Process

      Scott Pitta, Esq., Veterans Legal Services , Boston
    • 10:10 am – 11:10 am

      Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

      Anna Schleelein Richardson, Esq., Veterans Legal Services , Boston
    • 11:10 am – 11:15 am

      Break

    • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

      Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Benefits

      Anna Schleelein Richardson, Esq., Veterans Legal Services , Boston
      Steven J. Connor, Department of Veterans' Services , Northampton
    • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

      Lunch

    • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

      Character of Discharge & Access to Veterans Benefits

    • 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

      M.G.L. c. 115 – Massachusetts Veterans Services’ Benefits

      Dana Montalto, Esq., Harvard Law School , Cambridge
      Steven J. Connor, Department of Veterans' Services , Northampton
    • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      Q & A

      Panel

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    Faculty

    Steven J. Connor, Department of Veterans' Services, Northampton
    Scott Pitta, Esq., Veterans Legal Services, Boston
    Anna Schleelein Richardson, Esq., Veterans Legal Services, Boston
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