I attended the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA) Conference from 4/24-4/26/14 as a vendor for Vets for Full Representation (VFFR). The advocates in the NOVA Conference were mostly attorneys but there were non-attorney advocates as well. I handed out information to the attorneys about Vets for Full Representation and its position for legislative change and to encourage the attorneys that were veterans to join and I encourage the attorneys to encourage other veterans to join. Vets for Full Representation have around 350 members. Nearly all of the attorneys that I spoke with agreed legislative change is needed. They agreed with the conflict of interest problems and the other problems I have spoken about in Vets for Full Representation. The attendance of VFFR at the NOVA Conference appears to be a success. I hope the follow through of what was presented by other attorneys and veterans will follow. I will be going back to Congress about these changes in the near future.
Hear David answer questions about:
- The lost constitutional right that a veteran faces when seeking to file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Why Vets for Full Representation was formed and why it is needed.
- The legal representation issue that veterans face because of the restrictions the VA has placed on legal counsel help.
- What is meant by veterans should not be routinely thrown under the bus.
- Why David believes that helping a veteran with a issue on appeal is unconstitutional.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — David Huffman has helped thousands of military veterans seeking disability benefits navigate the complex, often slow and at times frustrating claims process. The Wood County lawyer can relate: he was a 19-year-old Marine in Vietnam when a booby trap blinded him.
As if getting through college and law school without sight weren’t challenges enough, Huffman has begun a new quest: convincing the U.S. government to change the way it allows lawyers to handle veteran disability claims.
Huffman is targeting the policy for claims, revised in 2007, that says a veteran can hire a lawyer for a fee only after a claim has been rejected. He supports what he hopes becomes a national movement, Veterans for Full Representation, which is seeking nonprofit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and recently launched a website.