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Veteran Benefit Agent-Accredited VA Claims/Appeals Agent
Represents Veterans w/POA accreditation per military disability claims. Regular talk show guest on veterans radio show www.hadit.com Assist and represent applicants in the development of disability claims against the VA
Senior Veteran Service Officer Dakota County Veteran Services
Jun 1992 – Jun 2012
Conducts interviews with veterans and dependents; reviews background data and current medical and financial information to determine eligibility for Federal and State veteran’s benefits.
Evaluates information to determine the veteran’s potential eligibility for benefits from other related programs.
Develops claims packages for veterans and dependents seeking disability, education, medical, and related benefits; completes claim forms and ensures proper certification of related documentation based upon the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs laws and regulations.
Assists with developing formal appeals of VA claims decisions; appears as claimant’s representative at VA appeals hearings.
Prepares, maintains and monitors beneficiaries claims to ensure continual receipt of VA benefits; prepares annual verification of VA pension eligibility; reports unusual medical expenses and other unusual expenditures.
Consult with technical experts to determine specifics related to eligibility standards and application requirements for Federal and State veterans benefits.
Informs veterans and family members of non-veteran’s benefits for which they may be eligible such as Social Security, welfare and Medicaid.
Serve as program and benefits representative in a designated geographical area; develops and/or presents informational speeches, benefits awareness fairs, programs, and problem-solving sessions to increase awareness of veterans benefits and programs.
Respond to veterans, dependents, legislators, and veteran’s service organizations regarding benefit questions.
Performs specialized informational and administrative tasks for applicants and residents of State veterans homes, private nursing homes and patients in both VA and community hospitals.
Provide office supervision in the absence of the director which includes personnel issues, budgetary matters, and program requirements.