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For example, in 2004, the average Board of Veterans’ Appeals allowance rate was 19.38 percent among veterans service organizations, which typically represent all claimants who seek their assistance. The allowance rate was 16.6 percent for attorneys, who have the luxury of handpicking their clients. All but one veterans service organization had higher allowance rates than lawyers

does this mean that the vso's get a peice of the action if it goes to the bva? If so then they are definitley in bed together.

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Until I got to the end of the article, I thought I was reading something by a person completely ignorant of the way the VA works. This whole article is predicated upon the way the VA is supposed to work - not on the way it actually does.

There are a million reasons why hiring lawyers will not work, but then there are over 6 million reasons why we know that the current VA system doesn't work, and never will, until there is a complete change of attitude at the top of the VA.

My own experiences with DAV have taught me that SOs are a waste of time. If you can, you are better off doing it yourself. This guy is many times worse than DAV.

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Wilson is national adjutant/CEO of Disabled American Veterans. He wrote the article.

The DAV has fought this Lawyer legislation tooth and nail. Somehow the DAV, has been a screen for the VA while interpreting the law and enforcing their own perspective of the law. There is no way that the DAV could pay-back all of the Veterans, whose lives have been shortened, because of the DAV actions and inactions.

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If the DAV is so superior why are they so afraid of the competition? The reason, of course, is that DAV representation is crummy by and large. You are better off yourself learing the rules and doing you claim your self by far. I think lawyers would be helpful in getting the highest possible initial rating if they get part of the back pay. There must be an incentive for them to get bigger pay days if they get higher ratings for vets. SSA lawyers get a percentage of the back pay of the client. Why not do the same with the VA except SSA is always a total disability award. There will have to be a way make their a settlement process for them to know that winning is going to put money in their pockets and that the money is available.

There are very few lawyers who do federal workers compensation claims because their clients are usually broke and they cannot get a percentage of any settlement because their is not settlement.

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