Advocating for Veterans: New Book

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Advocating  for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2013/

Theresa Mesa and Teresa Panepinto, cochairmen New York : Practising Law Institute, c2013

 KF7709 A38 2013 New Books Cart *DONATION


PLI Course Handbooks are excellent resources. If you have used them, you know that the Course Handbooks consist of reprints of speakers’ presentation materials. My only quibble with this one is the quality of copies of forms and other sections which are very faint. But in general this is an excellent guide to Veterans benefits.

The presenters are from Swords to Plowshares, the Veteran Justice Center at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and The Office of Legal Services, The State Bar of California.

The Course Handbook includes:

  • Benefits for disabled veterans

o   Explanation, forms, sample documents and briefs

o   Self-help materials

o   Agent Orange

o   PTSD

o   VA overpayments

  • Military discharge

o   Upgrade and review

o   Forms, briefs, and procedure including codes and rules

  • Advocating for Veterans

o   Understanding Veterans’ military culture

  • Combat experience
  • Duties
  • Training
  • Injuries and trauma

o   Understanding Veterans’ cultural competencies

  • Segueing to community
  • Conflicts with military culture may lead to
  • Physical and mental illness
  • Domestic violence
  • Other criminal behavior


*This book was donated to the Law Library by an attorney who attended the PLI Program. If you have materials from PLI, West or other programs which you no longer need, please consider a donation to the Law Library.

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