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Widener Law School
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Veterans Law Clinic
Legal Help for Veterans
Pro Bono Representation for Disabled Veterans
The Veterans Law Clinic provides free legal representation to qualified veterans and their dependents with disability compensation benefit claims pending before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Since opening in 1997, we have represented hundreds of veterans in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and surrounding states and helped recover millions of dollars n in back benefits. We specialize in representing veterans’ cases on appeal to the BVA and CAVC.
In addition to VA benefits cases, we also take a limited number of cases involving discharge characterization upgrades. If you meet our income eligibility guidelines and believe you have may have received an unwarranted discharge characterization, you can contact us for a case evaluation.
What to Do If the VA Turns Down Your Claim
If your local Regional Office has turned down your claim for disability compensation benefits, or awarded you less than you think you deserve, you have a few options.
Accept the Decision
You can accept the decision and abandon your claim. If you do nothing, the Regional
Office’s denial will become final one year from the date it was issued. Your claim
cannot be re-
Request to Re-
You can file an immediate request to re-
File Notice of Disagreement
You can file a Notice of Disagreement and appeal your case to the Board of Veterans Appeals. If your claim has been denied, you have one year to file a Notice of Disagreement to appeal your case from the Regional Office to the Board of Veterans Appeals.
How the Veterans Law Clinic Can Help You
The Veterans Law Clinic does not compete with Veterans Service Organization (VSO),
which often help veterans file initial claims for benefits at the Regional Office
level. Instead, we help veterans after their VSO can take their case no further by
appealing cases from the Regional Office to the Board of Veterans Appeals, the Court
of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and beyond, if necessary. We also review previously
denied claims to determine whether they can be re-
The Veterans Law Clinic can give you a good evaluation of your case before the
365 day time limit for filing a timely Notice of Disagreement expires. If you live
in the upper Mid-
With good advice about the strength of your claim and the likelihood of success
on appeal, you can decide whether you want to appeal your claim. The appeals process
If we believe you have a good and meritorious claim under veterans’ benefits lawy and you meet our income eligibility criteria, we will offer to represent you or help you find a pro bono attorney willing to take your case. If we do represent you and you do not win before the Board of Veterans Appeals, we will take your appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and beyond, if necessary. Contact us to get started.