Veterans’ Benefits Qualifying Course (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $189 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 04/30/2021


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the April 2018 webcast, Veterans’ Benefits Qualifying Course.

Course Benefits

The 3-hour qualifying course for lawyers to represent veterans. You must file with the VA 30-40 days PRIOR to this seminar.

  • New practice opportunity: Expand your practice to include representation of veterans
  • Help veterans and their families get benefits to which they are entitled
  • Get plenty of “how you do what, when” interspersed with practical tips

Millions of veterans and their families are eligible for veterans’ benefits but do not take advantage of them. Why? Many reasons, including confusion over the benefits available, eligibility requirements, and the complexity of the application process itself.

To practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA regulations require that a lawyer take a three-hour accreditation seminar. While this seminar carries 3.0 live-interactive MCLE credit hours, if you also wish to become accredited by the VA, you must FIRST complete and file the VA Application for Accreditation and receive approval back BEFORE attending the seminar. This approval procedure may take 30-40 days. Visit

If you do not receive accreditation from the VA in advance of this seminar, we recommend you first receive accreditation and then take this seminar later as an online seminar. This seminar will be offered as an online seminar at starting in the summer of 2018.


Become familiar with the Department of Veterans Affairs system and the types of claims that commonly require your assistance.

Help veterans and their families get benefits to which they are entitled, including:

  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Disability Compensation
  • Employment and Training
  • Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Special Monthly Compensation
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Veterans Health Care
  • Veterans Life Insurance
  • Burial and Memorial
  • Death Pension

Experienced VA litigators may think this course is a basic review, but with our experienced faculty, everyone will learn something new.

Representation Before the Department of Veterans Affairs

  • What are the requirements to become accredited?
  • When can you represent a claimant?
  • How can you get paid (attorney fees)?

Claims Procedures

  • How to file a claim
  • Where to get the proper forms
  • How the VA is organized

Basic Eligibility for VA Benefits

  • Who qualifies as a “veteran”?
  • Which dependents can seek benefits?

Right to Appeal

  • How to appeal (deadlines, where to file)
  • Review by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals

            - Reconsiderations
            - Motion to vacate
            - Appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
            - Steps after the Court of Appeals

Disability Compensation

  • Requirements for service connection
  • Special rules for PTSD, radiation exposure, chronic disease, Agent Orange, tropical diseases
  • Evaluation of service-connect disabilities
  • Extra scheduler ratings when the disability doesn’t fit the Schedule for Rating Disabilities
  • Unemployability benefits
  • Effective dates for granted benefits
  • Common mistakes

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (“Widow’s Compensation”)

  • Eligibility
  • Requirements


  • Eligibility
  • Income limitations

Health Care





Daniel G. Krasnegor, Goodman Allen Donnelly / Charlottesville
Daniel Krasnegor joined Goodman Allen Donnelly as a partner, January 1, 2008, as the lead attorney in the Veterans’ Benefits Practice Group, with more than ten years of experience in veterans’ benefits law. Following graduation from law school in 1993, Mr. Krasnegor started his career drafting decisions for the Veterans Law Judges at the Board of Veterans' Appeals and then defending Board decisions in the VA General Counsel's office. In 1998, Mr. Krasnegor left the VA in order to work for veterans and their dependents by forming a Veterans’ Benefits section in one of the largest defense law firms in Virginia. Since that time, he has represented hundreds of veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and at the VA. Mr. Krasnegor served as a member of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Rules Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2007 and is a founding member of the Court of Appeals for the Veterans Claims Bar Association. He has frequently lectured to both lawyers and veterans about the practice of veterans’ benefits law.

Erin E. Ralston, Goodman Allen Donnelly / Richmond

After graduating from the Regent University School of Law in May of 2012, Erin Ralston joined Goodman Allen Donnelly as an associate in its Veterans’ Benefits Group. Ms. Ralston developed her passion for working with veterans while working as a law clerk under Daniel G. Krasnegor. During her tenure she had the unique opportunity to gain invaluable experience in learning the complexities of the VA adjudicative system while working directly with veterans in their effort to obtain disability benefits. Ms. Ralston has focused her practice exclusively on the representation of veterans and their families, and has experience with issues involving female veterans.

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