The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Elder Law Section present
Veterans Benefits Claims – Leveling the Playing Field

Course Classification: Advanced Level
Live Presentation ONLY: Friday, September 27, 2013
Marriott West Palm Beach - 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard - West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
(561) 833-1234

Course No. 1711R

APPROVED for 8 hours VA Accreditation Advanced CLEs. Learn advanced legal issues related to claims for VA benefits. Includes presentations by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) staff. Attendees will learn relevant federal laws and procedural rules of the (VA) in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) claims process and fiduciary appointment process. Sessions will include insights from VA and VBA staff who have processed claims and who are at the forefront of assisting the VBA in streamlining application processing and fiduciary services. The course will also include a session presented by a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Center social worker on the VHA Geriatric and Extended Care program for long-term care benefits and services , and a session on presumptive medical conditions for service connected benefits presented by a VHA Medical Services physician.

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Late Registration

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Updates on recent Florida legislation and initiatives/programs designed to help veterans.
The Honorable State Senator Maria Sachs

8:45 a.m.- 9:35 a.m.
The VA Pension and Fiduciary (P&F) Services – The role of the P&F Services
David McLenachen, Director, VA Pension & Fiduciary Service, Washington, D.C.

9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m
Applying for VA pension and Survivor Benefits
Laurine Carson, Chief, VA Pension & Fiduciary Service, Washington, D.C.
Program Analysts (TBD) , VA Pension & Fiduciary Service, Washington, D.C.

10:25 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Applying for VA pension and Survivor Benefits, cont.
Laurine Carson, Chief, VA Pension & Fiduciary Service, Washington, D.C.
Program Analysts (TBD), VA Pension & Fiduciary Service, Washington, D.C.

11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
VA fiduciaries under a modern view of the program
Steven Margulis, Esq. Miami
12:10 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and networking (on your own)

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Panel Discussion - Open Forum with all speakers

2:20 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Service Connected Presumptive Primary and Secondary Health Conditions
Ronald Williams, Jr., D.O., Assoc. Dir. of Primary Care, VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach

3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

3:20 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
VA Geriatric and Extended Care Program
Charlene E. Crace, MSW, LCSW, VAMHC Social Worker, West Palm Beach

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
VA Service Connected Compensation
Shannon Brewer, Esq. – Hill and Ponton, P.A. Daytona Beach

VA Benefits 9-27-13.pdfVA Benefits 9-27-13.pdf

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