About Accreditation with the Department of Veterans Affairs

Britt is accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") to assist with the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veteran's benefits.

As a matter of federal law, "no individual may act as an agent or attorney in the preparation, presentation, or prosecution of any claim under laws administered by the Secretary [of the Department of Veterans Affairs] unless such individual has been recognized for such purposes by the Secretary [of the Department of Veterans Affairs]." 38 U.S.C. ? 5901.

VA recognizes 3 types of individuals for purposes of accreditation.

1. Accredited attorneys
2. Accredited agents and
3. Accredited representatives of service organizations (Veterans Service Officers)

The law is quite clear that any individual or organization that is not among one of these 3 categories is breaking the law (other than a a private individual with one-time permission to assist with one claim in particular) if they provide assistance with a particular claim for benefits.

About Claimants

A Claimant is defined as an individual who has expressed "an intent" to file a claim. This means that no-one (other than the above) may assist in any way whatsoever with an application for benefits once the individual has expressed such an intention.

Charging Fees

The law is very specific in that no individual or organization that has a financial interest in the outcome of a claim may charge a fee, or pays a fee in any way, for assistance with an initial application for benefits. See U.S.C. ? 5904(c)(1) This includes the clamant, his/her immediate family members, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, home care agencies, and virtually anyone who could gain financially from the outcome of the claim.

In practical terms, no person or organization that stands to gain, e.g., being able to provide services, or provide more services, for the Claimant, may pay some other person or organization to assist the Claimant in filing a claim.

The only time a fee may be charged related to a claim is if the claim has been denied. Even then, only a VA accredited attorney or accredited agent may charge a fee and the fee must be approved by the Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C. Without such approval, no fee may be charged.

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We provide information about veterans' benefits including what they are and who can qualify. Only individuals who are accredited attorneys, accredited agents, or accredited service officers can be involved in the preparation, presentation, or prosecution of a claim. Continue Reading...