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Veterans Justice Clinic - Spring 2023


Treatises / Practice Guides

Veterans Benefits ManualBarton F. Stichman, et al.; National Veterans Legal Services Program (LexisNexis 2022-2023 edition; updated Oct. 2022).  Available on Lexis (password required).  "A desk reference and issue-oriented guide to the practice of veterans law—the law relating to federal veterans benefits."   The premier resource for advocates; an exhaustive, detailed and comprehensive guide for practitioners of veterans' benefits law.  The Manual is divided into the following major parts: Part I: Disability Benefits for Veterans; Part II: VA Benefits for Non-Veterans (family members); Part III: Rules Affecting the Amount of Benefits Paid; Part IV: VA Health Care and Other Benefits; Part V: The VA Claims Adjudication Process; Part VI: Advocacy on Behalf of VA Claimants; and Part VII: Correction of Military Records. 

Veterans Benefits: A Legal Research Guide.  Lauren M. Collins (2017). Print, Law Stacks: KF7709 .C65 2017. "This research guide covers the broad topic of benefits available to military veterans by providing information on benefits covering education, health, disability compensation, employment protection and preference, taxes and lending, and housing loans. It also touches on state law and programs as well as listing secondary sources, websites, and data and statistics."  A slim volume (63 pages) providing a good introduction for those new to the area of veterans benefits.  For in-depth research, refer to the Veterans Benefits Manual (above). 

Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Updates and Veteran Cultural Competency 2022, Practicing Law Institute (PLI, Nov. 2022).  [Available via PLI Plus online; law school users only.]  This is a “course handbook,” so it is a compilation of resources for a particular program/conference.  Chair(s): Maureen Siedor & Judi McManigal.  This most recent annual program took place in San Francisco, Nov. 3, 2021. 

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

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Other Publications

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Published yearly.  2021 Edition (direct link). Includes phone numbers, web sites, and information on benefits and eligibility requirements.

Veteran Appeals Experience : Listening to the Voices of Veterans and Their Journey in the Appeals System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Innovation. Washington, DC, 2016. This report presents the findings of a survey of 90 Veterans who served in different time periods "to better understand how Veterans experience the appeals process - how the process fits into the context of their lives."  Five of the veterans' stories are highlighted in narratives.

Evaluation of the Disability Determination Process for Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2019.  Chapter 3 of this publication reviews the process by which the VA assesses impairments resulting from traumatic brain injury for purposes of awarding disability compensation. Chapters 4 and 5 "provide[] recommendations for legislative or administrative action for improving the adjudication of veterans' claims seeking entitlement to compensation for all impairments arising from a traumatic brain injury."

To locate additional legal publications on veterans benefits, conduct a UC Library Search.  Enable your VPN to access publications available online.


Current Awareness / Blogs

Veterans Law Prof Blog. Written by law professors with expertise in veterans benefits law; updated sporadically.  Discusses proposed changes to relevant regulations.

Veterans Law Library. On the homepage, includes "Latest Developments and Additions."  The site includes detailed information on a variety of topics, but the creator of the website (individual or organization) is not disclosed.  (See "About Veterans Law Library.")