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Posted on: March 17, 2021

How to Confirm Individual Helping File Your VA Claim is Accredited by US Dept of Veterans Affairs

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The Accreditation Search Index, provides state-by-state contact information, as well as a downloadable list, of Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives, attorneys and claims agents who stand ready to assist with preparing VA claims in an ethical and lawful manner. Representatives found via the website are affiliated with reputable organizations, state or county governments, attorneys and claims agents

Any business or individual who prepares, presents or prosecutes VA benefit claims without proper accreditation is doing so contrary to law. Be aware that by consulting the aforementioned website, veterans can protect themselves from predatory practices such as unlawful or unreasonable fees.

In addition, the VA Office of General Counsel (OGC) has a website that provides information on VA accredited representatives and their role, found at Accreditation & Discipline - Office of General Counsel. Here, you will find information on VA-recognized VSOs and VA-accredited VSO representatives, attorneys and claims agents, fees for services, and guidance on how to appoint, remove, or change representation.

VA is dedicated to ensuring that all Veterans receive the benefits they have earned and will ensure it has the resources in place to meet the needs of all Veterans. Thank you for your continued support of VA and our joint partnerships.

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