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Shinseki’s Surge: Can it Work?
Not since Gen. Omar Bradley, “the soldiers’ general,” took command of the Veterans Administration after World War II has anyone assuming the reins of leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) faced the kinds of challenges that confront Gen. Eric K. Shinseki. A combat veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he was wounded in action, Gen. Shinseki inherited an agency in near total disarray. The question facing Secretary Shinseki is whether he can become “the veterans’ general.”

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Curing “Bad Paper”: A Primer on Review of Discharges from the Military
You receive your first case on a pro bono project to assist veterans in your area—and discover that your potential client has been denied veterans' benefits and other services because his service has been determined to have been "under conditions of dishonor." What does this mean and how can you assist your client?
Making Veterans’ Benefits Clear: The Regulation Rewrite Project
The regulations governing the VA’s compensation and pension programs have evolved over time; some originated in the 1910s. Over time, many authors have drafted and amended the regulations, each using his or her own particular writing style. As a result, these regulations have become progressively complex, difficult to understand, and sometimes ambiguous, causing uncertainty in the claims process as well as costly litigation.
Hey, Department of Veterans Affairs: Notice This
One frustration of representing veterans seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the number of cases involving some aspect of the fundamental issue of notice. Even though the bases for myriad notice rules are forever lost in the fog of agency history, one stark reality cannot be avoided: notice errors invariably have an adverse effect on claimants.