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Who Lobbied Against The Right To Have A Attorney

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Why don't VSO's have attorneys on staff, that would be the best of both worlds for Veterans. I've always used VSOs, but we get what we pay for! so who's fault really is it if we get denied? I guess its mine.

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What I wonder is why VSO's don't have PAC's so that they could reward congress critters who are really pro-vet and punish congress critters who have contempt for vets and want to cut our benefits? I know the VSO's have some reason why they don't want to take sides in political races, but look at the NRA. If a politician takes a stand against gun rights the NRA will move heaven and earth to help defeat them.

I am a retired civil servant. I belong to a funky organization named NARFE that lobbies congress for active and retired federal civil servants. They give money to those who help us and work to defeat those who want to hurt us. This is how the political system works in the old USA. I like to sit around and swap war stories with other vets at the VFW, but we need more than that if we are going to stop future cuts in benefits. There are plenty of politicians who would see nothing wrong in slashing vet benefits while praising vets to the media. We need to buy politicians and make sure they stay bought.

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After dealing with the VA for over 10 years, and have not been employable for 4 plus years now, I decided it was in my best interest as well as my family to hire an attorney. I have been denied over and over with proof and supporting documentation for over 5 years now. VSO are ok but they lack in the basic law and I myself have trained as a paralegal and even find the CFR confusing. If you are facing a BVA hearing, please seek an attorney.

Now I hired Mark Lippman from Veterans Law Group. Does anyone have any feedback on this attorney? His reviews seem good but I don't want something to come down the pipe and be told he was or is an ass. I got enough to deal with as it is....

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VSO's like VFW are also against allowing vets to use private medical system instead of being locked into the VA. They are protecting their asses. None of them care about us. The care I have gotten at the VA is so poor I would not let them fix an ingrown toenail.

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I got an e-mail today from American Legion wanting me to change my annual membership to life membership. After reading the comments above, I am not even going to renew my annual membership with them.

I am already a life member of VVA and the cost was a fraction of what American Legion charges for their Life memberships.

Rather than paying the membership fees to the VSOs, we should all send the money to T-Bird to support the Hadit website. This is the best VSO we have and T-Bird works cheap. She pays money out of her pocket just to help all of us. Glad we now have the chance to help her. JMO

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