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 hasnt anyone figured out that the best way to decrease appeal time is to urge congress to stop allowing money for the VSO. as long as they are paid by the amount of people they have through the government coffers than we will never get what we need think about it folks. they need lengthy appeals so they get there money every year. if they fought and won every week than they would be brok because they just dont have that type of inventory and thats all we are to them is inventory and numbers. HEY HEY HEY,,, VSO MUST GO !!!!!

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1 hour ago, MitchTheVet said:

IF that is true (never heard this before), I can come up with a few different reasons why:


1. We represent claimants on any possible contentions, regardless of difficulty or mitigating factors lawyers use to refuse representation. Anything short of a clearly frivolous claim (i.e. a 20yr old claiming he was shot in the head in WWI) will be represented. I've, personally, had a valid appeal that a lawyer wouldn't take on because it was too difficult to prove that was granted by BVA with VSO representation.


2. The sheer number of representatives and claimants we each represent is, as a whole, and individually beyond the client base of who could/would be represented by any attorney that it is ridiculous to compare the two. 


3. This is the part that I hate the most is that we (VSOs) are motivated, generally, by service to our fellow veterans first and foremost. Attorneys are generally, not always, motivated by wins and profits first. It is in both our, and your, best interest to have a claim/appeal decided at the lowest correct level possible. They (not all) benefit most from the portion of the backpay they receive and have no motivation to have anything work faster.


At the end of the day, I support clients working with whomever provides them the best results. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean that I will sit idly by as people drag my name, and the name of plenty of the other advocates I know working pro bono at work, and oftentimes outside of work hours on our own dime, through the mud.


That being said, here is where you can find most of VA's regulations/rules/etc in regard to claims and processing. You're welcome to use this as you work on your own claims:



 - A frustrated CVSO (County Veterans Service Officer)

I am amazed this thread is still online.  MitchtheVet, this thread was started by someone who we might say is a glass is half full sort of guy. Read the entire thread and you will see that there are experienced people on this site that support VSO's.  Yes my VSO one time did screw up bad but I still use a VSO to track my claim.  Those of us with some wisdom on this site realize that VSO's are overworked and make mistakes but overall VSO's are there to help the veteran.

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