MLRI: State & Federal Veterans' Benefits
Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Trainings
- Product Number: 2220094WBA
- Publication Date: 4/28/2022
- Length: 5 Hours CLE Credit Note
- Copyright: © 2021 MCLE, Inc.
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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.
A COLLABORATIVE SERIES
MCLE, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), and other Massachusets legal services programs collaborate to provide annual basic public benefits advocacy training events for the many public and private sector lawyers and community advocates who assist Massachusetts residents to qualify for and receive public benefits. Detailed materials are distributed electronically for all trainings.
Agenda & Materials
9:30 am - 9:33 am
Introductions/Agenda OvervieweLecture Add to CartAnna Schleelein Richardson, Esq., Veterans Legal Services , Boston
9:33 am - 10:13 am
How a Servicemember Becomes a Veteran: The Military Discharge ProcesseLecture Add to CartScott Pitta, Esq., Veterans Legal Services , Boston
10:13 am - 11:23 am
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)eLecture Add to CartAnna Schleelein Richardson, Esq., Veterans Legal Services , Boston
11:23 am - 11:25 am
11:25 am - 12:16 pm
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) BenefitseLecture Add to CartSteven J. Connor, Veterans' Services Department , Northampton
Anna Schleelein Richardson, Esq., Veterans Legal Services , Boston
12:16 pm - 1:10 pm
1:10 pm - 1:53 pm
Character of Discharge & Access to Veterans BenefitseLecture Add to CartDana Montalto, Esq., Harvard Law School/Legal Services Center , Jamaica Plain
1:53 pm - 3:15 pm
M.G.L. c. 115 – Massachusetts Veterans Services’ BenefitseLecture Add to CartSteven J. Connor, Veterans' Services Department , Northampton
Betsy Gwin, Esq., MLRI , Boston
3:15 pm - 3:24 pm
"Ask the Experts" Q&A SessioneLecture Add to Cart
MCLE webcasts are delivered completely online, underscoring their convenience and appeal. There are no published print materials. All written materials are available electronically only. They are posted 24 hours prior to the program and can be accessed, downloaded, or printed from your computer.