VA’s Adjudication Procedures Manual Is Also A Useful Tool For Attorneys And Agents
CCK’s Landon Overby and Kerry Baker presented during a NOVA breakout session on the VA’s Adjudication Procedures Manual, also known as the M21-1. The manual provides various instructions to VA’s adjudicators, including how to adjudicate claims for VA disability benefits. Landon and Kerry stressed that even though the M21 is a VA tool, it is also a useful resource for attorneys and agents who represent veterans before the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
The M21 can be referenced in arguments to support numerous types of benefits claims, from service connection for a medical condition to a total disability rating based on individual unemployability. Another point raised during the presentation was the fact that the M21 contains many provisions that are not found in VA statutes, regulations, or General Counsel opinions, however they still carry the same weight of VA laws and regulations according to the Court. This makes the M21 an incredible resource that should be utilized by attorneys and agents in representing veterans.
After the explanation of the M21, Landon and Kerry walked the group through how to access and use the M21 manual on the VA’s website. All NOVA attendees learned that the M21-1 is a useful tool in winning their veterans’ cases and is just a click away.
Category: Veterans Law