VA Seeks Comments On Its Family Caregiver Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers provides support to individuals whose assistance enables seriously injured veterans to remain in their homes and communities.  Although initially limited to the caregivers of post 9/11-veterans, legislation recently extended potential eligibility to the caregivers of all eras.  The criteria for participation is still complex, however, as is the evaluation of the services to be rendered under the program. Potential benefits for caregivers include a stipend for providing personal care services, training, counseling, access to healthcare, and mental health services.  The VA is currently seeking comments regarding the program.

The VA’s request for comments focuses on determining the level of need for personal care services and extending the services provided to include legal and financial services.  Those wishing to review the request for comments can visit the Federal Register website here. The deadline for comments is Dec. 12, 2018.

[1] See 38 CFR § 71.20.

Writs Of Mandamus At the CAVC

By Robert Davis

For those unfamiliar, a writ of mandamus is an order directing a government official to perform his or her duty.  This writ is a request of last resort, but belongs in any administrative lawyer’s repertoire.  Indeed, notification of intent to seek mandamus is often enough to prompt government action.  Recent case law has resolved issues related to the writ’s usage against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  This article gives some general information about writs of mandamus before exploring these recent decisions.

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Join Us For the Military & Veterans Law Section CLE!

The Military & Veterans Law Section (MVL) annual CLE offers it all — you can advance military and veterans issues, learn how to advocate for military members and veterans, earn CLE credit and network. And you might be able to do it for free, as scholarships are available to qualifying members.

Over 800,000 military members and veterans reside in the state of North Carolina.[1]  The MVL is dedicated to serving those residents, and the MVL CLE aims to train North Carolina attorneys on how to do just that. Additionally, one of the tremendous benefits of MVL’s CLE is that its subject matter overlaps with that of other areas of the law, such as family and education law, trusts, estate planning, and consumer protection.

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