June 20, 2014
Scheduled to take effect July, 1 2014, a new law could give veterans access to more help when it comes to filing disability claims.
The legislation, passed last year by the General Assembly, would allow law schools in the state to set up clinics that specialize in aiding veterans through the disability claims process. The clinics would be run by the students allowing them to get experience in the field while simultaneously serving their community.
According to Emily Hildebrand, the director of development and public policy for Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, “The Veterans Affairs disability claims process is a challenging and often overwhelming bureaucracy for our veterans.”
Helping veterans file these claims, will make the process more accessible and allow more veterans to receive the help and care they deserve from their time of service to this country.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law is jumping on board. They already have a clinic that deals with Medicaid and social security problems, but Professor Carwina Weng, director of the current disability clinic, hopes to add veteran disability claims to its repertoire.
Funding for the program will be discussed in the 2015 Budget session.
To read more, follow the link below to the original article by Allie Nash in NUVO.