Bar Association Website to Assist Vets

Post date: Sep 1, 2013 3:17:14 AM

The American Bar Association has unveiled a website for volunteer lawyers interested in helping to ensure veterans receive disability compensation. The new ABA pilot program, ABA Veterans Claims Assistance Network (VCAN), aims to reduce the backlog of veterans' claims by engaging pro bono lawyers to provide free assistance to unrepresented veterans with claims pending at the St. Petersburg, Fla., and Chicago regional VA offices. Interested lawyers can visit the ABA VCAN website and join the volunteer roster, with the case referral system expected to launch this fall. The volunteers will be contacted about no-cost continuing legal education courses on preparing veterans' claims as well as information about how to become VA-accredited.