***Note: VCAN ATTORNEY REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED... The ABA Veterans’ Claims Assistance Network (VCAN) has been operating as a demonstration pilot and has recently completed its case intake target for the pilot phase. Accordingly, there are no pro bono case assignments available for new volunteer attorneys until VCAN’s operation is resumed in the near future.
AHLA is pleased to spread the word about the American
Bar Association Veterans’ Claims Assistance Network (ABA VCAN).
ABA, in close
coordination with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is providing
unrepresented veterans the
opportunity to work with lawyers who will assist them with pending disability benefits claims. This service is free to veterans, and their completed claims packages will receive expedited review from the VA.
who is a member in good standing with a state bar is able to sign up with ABA
VCAN. Before assisting a veteran with the preparation of a benefits claim
through ABA VCAN, an attorney must obtain VA accreditation and complete a
required ABA VCAN CLE training, both of which may be obtained on the project’s
Many of our nation's veterans who have
been wounded and disabled as a result of their military service must wait to
receive the disability compensation benefits they have earned and deserve.
Through the VCAN Network, the ABA has sent over 3,000 letters to
unrepresented veterans with pending claims. Now, we need your help!
signing up to volunteer. The ABA provides all necessary training. Upon an
attorney’s admission into the VCAN Network, the ABA will match a veteran’s case
with an attorney based on expertise, location, and availability. Lawyers will
assist veterans with the preparation and completion of claims for disability
compensation benefits currently pending with the VA, resulting in their claims
receiving expedited review by the VA. The expectation is that the case will be
closed in 60 days.
veterans with completion of their claims is a discrete, time-limited volunteer
activity, and your service will have far-reaching, positive, and systemic impacts.
Not only will individual veterans served through this program potentially
receive benefits more rapidly, but the support provided to the VA by VCAN will
supplement the overall delivery of services, benefitting all veterans within
the VA system.