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PLI: Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017 (FREE)

  • 13 Nov 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • webinar
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Veteran Advocacy

​​Advocating for Veterans:
The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017 (FREE)


November 13
San Francisco & Live Webcast
Elizabeth A. Hom, Program Developer, Office of Legal Services, The State Bar of California
Barbara Saavedra, Senior Staff Attorney/Interim Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares

Join us for the 2017 update to the very popular Advocating for Veterans program! PLI is proud to partner with Swords to Plowshares and The State Bar of California, Office of Legal Services once again to bring you this important program.

There are over 21 million veterans in the U.S; many of them are not aware of the benefits to which they are entitled. Medical and financial assistance are available to men and women who have served in the military, but some who can qualify are not receiving the benefits that they need.

Attorneys play an essential role in assisting veterans with the problems that preclude them from receiving benefits. Register for free today and then help a veteran in your community!

IMPORTANT! If you get accredited by the VA before you attend this training, the first three hours will satisfy the VA's CLE requirement.

  1. Attorneys and other advocates must be accredited to practice before the VA. To obtain accreditation you must complete this form:
  2. Accreditation by the VA may take several weeks, so do not delay filing your application. You can speed up the process by emailing the form to
  3. Within 12 months after accreditation you are required to complete three hours of qualifying CLE. The morning session of this program satisfies that requirement, but only if you have already received your accreditation from the VA. If you have not received it, you should still watch this program, but keep in mind that you will need to complete three additional hours of CLE within 12 months after receiving your accreditation.
  4. Attorneys and other advocates who become accredited will be listed on a national VA list, and are entitled to represent veterans in their claims for benefits, on a pro bono basis, and for attorney's fees on appeals, where they are available.

Why You Should Attend

Learn how to navigate the VA claims process and to become an effective advocate for veterans in need. This full‑day program will provide an overview of VA disability law and military discharge review law. You will gain an understanding of different types of military discharges, why they are important, and how you can help veterans with less‑than‑Honorable discharges.

CREDIT INFORMATION: CLE, CPD and Elimination of Bias Credit

As part of PLI's commitment to public service and the pro bono activities of the legal community, there is no fee to attend this program.

What Past Attendees Have Said:

"This program is the best of its type and PLI and its faculty are both excellent to give the overview and the current trends and what works and what doesn't work. Excellent program."

"Thank you for providing this important information for free to empower the legal community to serve as veterans' advocates."

"Outstanding presentations for a very technical area of very important law. Thank you!"
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