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Veterans should make sure representative for benefits is accredited

When applying for benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans should make sure the person they are getting help from is accredited to help represent their claim. A column by the Gannett Company said veterans said people who are not accredited can help once and only once, but it may not be a great idea.

There are three types of people who are allowed to help veterans with their disability claims, including accredited attorneys, accredited agents and accredited representatives of service agencies, including veteran service officers.

“In order to be accredited to help veterans with new claims, an individual must submit a formal application to the VA, must meet certain character and work history requirements and, except for attorneys, must pass a comprehensive test relating to veterans claims and benefits,” according to the column

The Law Offices Harold W. Conick and Associates is accredited by the VA to represent veterans in pursuit of their claims. Mr. Conick is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates and is admitted to the Veterans Court of Appeals. Veterans can feel good about using Mr. Conick as their representative for benefits.