Associate Professor Hillary Wandler
As American service members are engaged in combat across the globe, this course will help prepare a new generation of lawyers to meet the ever-increasing need for knowledgeable and effective veterans' advocates to serve veterans of past, present, and future wars and domestic military service. Students will explore the history and theory of veterans' benefits and recent developments in veterans' benefits law, including notable decisions by the Board of Veterans Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Students will also survey recent studies of the veterans' disability benefits system and examine in more depth the unique issues facing service members who have returned and are returning from Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. Finally, students will also learn the fundamental structure of the benefits system and the Department of Veterans Affairs claims adjudication process, and the basics of advocacy on behalf of VA claimants.