NACVSO VA Claims Clinic - Hundreds of Veterans Receive Assistance

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Hundreds of Veterans Receive Assistance in Denver

Veterans Service Organization NACVSO Partners with VA to Provide On-Site Claims Support to Local Veterans

DENVER, CO.-- The National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) partnered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs (CDVA), and VA’s contracted medical examiners for the first-ever NACVSO VA Claims Clinic, which took place during NACVSO’s annual conference held May 13- 17, 2024 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

The clinic offered veterans free, on-site claims filing assistance with VA-accredited service officers, medical examinations when indicated, and appointments with claims decision makers. The event served over 800 veterans over 5 days. Supporting the claims clinic were approximately 70 volunteer NACVSO accredited Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) and 50 VA personnel collaborating to assist every veteran there seeking help.

Veterans attending the claims clinic appreciated the “one-stop-shop” setup of the event, and the efficiency of the claim filing process during the clinic. “This was extremely easy and I was taken care of immediately. It was impressive to experience the complex transitions between volunteers who were all so kind and able to take care of my needs on the spot.”

Nearly 80% veterans who participated in the claims clinic filed new claims for VA benefits resulting in 437 on-site exams related to those claims. Some veterans even received same-day claim and benefit decisions from VA personnel who are authorized to do so.

"We are thrilled to have hosted this first-ever NACVSO VA Claims Clinic as part of our annual conference," said NACVSO President, Christopher Hinton. "This clinic represents our continued commitment to stronger partnership with VA while providing lock-step support to veterans and their families when navigating the claims process."

NACVSO Education and Training Director Zach Migura acknowledged that the enthusiasm of VSO volunteers and collaboration with VA staff contributed significantly to the success of this event. “Since our completion, we are proud to report that over 500 VSOs have expressed an interest in volunteering for future events. That is a significant increase.” said Migura.” It really demonstrates how events like this can not only help veterans but inspire everyone to do more!”

Since 1989, NACVSO has advocated for government policies that serve veterans and supported the nation’s approximately 2,200 county veterans service officers (CVSOs). CVSOs are local government employees responsible for helping veterans and their families in their communities access their benefits. CVSOs help advocate for veterans and their families with VA, connect them to state and local resources, and identify gaps in policies that serve the veterans in their communities.

“This was the best claims event I have ever been a part of,” stated one veteran upon leaving the event. “Keep it up!”