S.1286 - Veterans Appeals Assistance and Improvement Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 05/11/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 05/11/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1286 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (05/11/2015)
Veterans Appeals Assistance and Improvement Act of 2015
This bill directs the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to establish a financial assistance program to provide legal and other assistance without charge for veterans and other persons seeking Court review who are unable to afford legal representation costs. (Programs include case screening and referral, training for attorney and related personnel, and facilitation of pro bono representation by members of the bar and law school clinical and other programs.)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shall establish a financial assistance program to provide legal and other assistance without charge to veterans and other persons seeking review by the Board of Veterans' Appeals who are unable to afford legal representation costs.
The Court and the VA shall each carry out such programs through an interagency agreement with the Legal Services Corporation. The Corporation may receive a reimbursable payment from the Court or VA for providing such financial assistance. Funds may not be used for the payment of attorney's fees.
VA shall provide for the expeditious treatment by the Board of any claim that: (1) is remanded to VA by the Court, or (2) has been pending before the Board for eight years or more.
The Government Accountability Office shall review the processing of appeals of VA decisions regarding service-connected disability and dependency and indemnity compensation claims.