Recent Court Decisions You Can Use to Help Veterans (VSO)

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Presenter: Alexis Ivory

Length: 90 minutes

Recorded: May 2019


Webinar Description:

To be the best advocate for your veterans, it is important to understand the recent court decisions this webinar will cover.

In recent months, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit have issued groundbreaking holdings about VA disability benefits. Without an understanding of these recent changes to veterans law, advocates will be less effective in developing strategies and arguments to help veterans with their claims.

By staying up-to-date with recent court decisions that are binding on the VA, you will be better able to answer questions from your veterans and advise them about important issues from the extension of the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to veterans who served in Vietnam’s territorial waters to developments regarding claims for a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (TDIU).

The purpose of this recorded webinar is to help you understand recent Court decisions addressing:
• The presumption of Agent Orange exposure for Blue Water Vietnam Veterans (Procopio v. Wilkie)
• The meaning of “unable to secure and follow substantially gainful employment” in the context of TDIU claims (Ray v. Wilkie)
• What qualifies a disease as a medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illness for purposes of the Gulf War Illness presumption (Stewart v. Wilkie)
• The applicability of heightened rating reduction protections in cases in which the rating fluctuates over a period time (Simon v. Wilkie)
• And many other important issues you need to know about!