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Who Lobbied Against The Right To Have A Attorney

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Vets fight for others freedoms. Freedom of speech, press, religion. We also are innocent until proven guilty, and have a right to representation. No..not Vets, just "other" citizens.

Like yourself, I am disgusted that overpaid VSO head honchos can decide "for me" whether or not I need a lawyer, without ever meeting me, or discussing my case or poor results I got with countless VSO's. I dont need to pay a head honcho VSO 300k per year to decide I dont need an attorney. I can decide that on my own, thank you very much. Since I am the one who knows more about my case than any VSO, and, I am the one who has to pay the price either if I hire/dont hire an attorney of my choice, it is a decision I am best qualified to make, not a head honcho VSO sipping margarittas in a VFW bar.

I do not tell the VSO if he should "hire" someone to cook his food or cook it himself, and I dont want him telling me if I should hire a lawyer or not. I may or may not be competent to represent myself, and, the VSO I "hire" may or may not be competent to obtain the benefits I am entitled to. He is not in a position to make that judgement call for me. I should be able to decide if I feel its warranted to spend my hard earned money on attorney fees, RV's, VSO compensation, alcohol, or what ever else I choose to buy. Personally I think VSO head honchos are overcompensated, and they should be required to "give back" half of what they earn to Veterans causes, oh, maybe pay Vets attorney fees when they fail to do the job right and an attorney is required.

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Kinda makes you wonder that after all these years, how many Vets has gotten their claim approved due to what T-Bird has created here and others have taken the time to imput........I put this place up against the best there is out there, Juris Doc be damned, there some on here that would put them to shame.

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I agree with JBasser, Bronco and Stretch. The right to hire an attorney belongs to the veteran. Hadit is the best VA education site for all "Do It Yourselfers" filing claims at VA. And many on this site have been successful without assistance from the VSO's or having to enter the appeals process. I am truly blessed to discover Hadit and learn VA "Warfare Skills" from the Elders and all my Veteran brothers and sisters.

However, in the final stages....everyone know when its time to hire a professional. Relax a little bit, and allow him/her to go run the legal offense against the VA Attorneys defensive posture. The VA OGC attorneys work extremely hard to defeat veterans claims or wait for them to die without receiving benefits. After my best friend from High School died inside the VAMC. I realized he was betrayed and considered guilty even until death! JMHO

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Some Vets do not understand EAJA fees and attorneys. At the CAVC level, you may not have to pay a dime for an attorney. Reason: If the attorney wins, then he will petitiion the court to have EAJA pay the fees, and, mostly, the court does just that.

Sometimes, EAJA fees are not enough to cover all the fees and the Vet will pay some, but, the court already looks out for the Vet and they disapprove what they call "excessive" fees.

Most of the time, the Vet wont pay any attorney fees at the CAVC level, and, mostly, Vets do not need an attorney before the CAVC level. J1vo, but I recognize each Vets case is different and he should have an absolute right to hire an attorney when the Vet feels so inclined. No one should take that choice from him. Its the Vets family who suffers, and the Vet knows more about his case than any 300,000 per year VSO.

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Bronco, you are spot on target with your explanation aout EAJA /attorneys fees.

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