On Wednesday, October 13, 2016, Patrick Nolan received notification that his application for Department of Veteran’s Affair Attorney Accreditation is approved.
“It’s an honor to have another opportunity to help fellow veterans receive the much needed medical care and other benefits that our nation promised,” Nolan said.
VA Accreditation is required to represent veterans on appeals of denial of their VA benefit claims. After an initial claim for benefits is denied, the veteran has the right to appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. This is the point where a VA Accredited attorney can help the veteran prepare for the appeal by collecting and assembling medical records, proof of service connection, letters, statements, and other evidence necessary to present the Veterans case in the best light. There are fewer than 400 in Missouri with VA Accreditation to serve the state’s 520,000 veterans.
Currently chairman of the Missouri Bar Committee on Veterans and Military Law, Nolan is one of only two lawyers in the Kirksville area with VA Accreditation. Increasing the number of Missouri attorneys available to represent veterans at all stages of their claim process is one of Nolan’s goals for future.
“The level beyond the Board of Veterans Appeals is the federal court, the Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims. There are only 28 attorneys in the State of Missouri that have been admitted to practice before that court,” Nolan said. “My application is in process. But it is my hope to increase the number of CAVC attorneys in Missouri to 50.”
Nolan just entered private practice after spending the past two years in Kirksville as a public defender. His practice focuses on criminal law, family law, and veterans law.