Detailed Description of the Study Materials

Detailed Description of the Study Materials for the Accredited Agents Exam

Option 1 - 2017 Study Materials


$395.00

Use this option if you only want purchase the study materials to prepare for the exam to become accredited. The study materials include the following:

- "Study Guide",
- "Training Manual for the Accredited Agents Exam",
- "Selections from Title 38 Code Of Federal Regulations Pertaining to the Accredited Agents Exam", and
- 375 Practice Questions with answers



Option 2 - 2017 Study Materials and "How to Apply" book


$450.00

Taking the exam to become accredited will not introduce you to the application forms nor help you understand the application process (this option will do all of this). Your purchase includes the following:

- Book: How to Apply for Dept. of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors (2017 Edition)
- "Study Guide",
- "Training Manual for the Accredited Agents Exam",
- "Selections from Title 38 Code Of Federal Regulations Pertaining to the Accredited Agents Exam", and
- 375 Practice Questions with answers


1. “Selections from Title 38 Code Of Federal Regulations” 648 pages

Includes excerpts from 38 CFR Part 1, all of 38 CFR Part 3, excerpts from 38 CFR Part 4, All of 38 CFR Part 13, excerpts from 38 CFR Part 14, all of 38 CFR Part 19 and all of 38 CFR Part 20).

2. “Preparing for the Accredited Agents Exam – Study Guide and Practice Tests” 80 pages

Includes instructions on what to study and in what order in order to be successful for the accreditation exam. Also includes 5 exam sets of 75 questions for each set that reflect the questions that will be asked on the exam.

3. “Preparing for the Accredited Agents Exam – Practice Tests with Answers” 76 pages

Includes the same 5 exam sets of 75 questions for each set found in the STUDY MANUAL 2 but also includes the answers to these questions.

4. “Training Manual for the Accredited Agents Exam” 480 pages

Chapter 1 – 38 CFR Part 1 Claimant’s Rights and Debt Management

  • Introduction; Pg. 2
  • Claimants Rights from Adjudication Manual M 21-1; Pg. 3
  • Requesting Your Claims File; Pg. 8
  • Regarding Freedom of Information Act Requests; Pg. 10
  • Freedom of Information Act Sample Letters from Disabledveterans.org; Pg. 13
  • VA Debt Management; Pg. 15
  • Example of Filing a Waiver for Debt; Pg. 18
  • Citations in 38 CFR Part 1 Pertaining to This

Chapter; Pg. 23 Chapter 2 – 38 CFR Part 3 Adjudication General Rules and Procedures

  • Introduction; Pg. 30
  • Definition of a Veteran; Pg. 31
  • Other Groups Eligible for Veterans Benefits; Pg. 32
  • Requirements for Receiving VA Benefits; Pg. 34
  • Active Duty, Active Duty for Training and Inactive Duty for Training; Pg. 34
  • Period of Active Duty Service; Pg. 35
  • In the Line of Duty and Willful Misconduct; Pg. 36
  • Character of the Discharge; Pg. 38
  • Appealing the Character of the Discharge; Pg. 40
  • Providing Proof of Service; Pg. 41
  • Definition of a Surviving Spouse and Child; Pg. 43
  • Providing Evidence of Death for Burial and Survivor Benefits; Pg. 44
  • Understanding Marriage Issues, Evidence of Marriage and Evidence of Death; Pg. 45
  • Submitting an Intent to File – VA Form 21-0966; Pg. 58
  • VA’s Duty to Assist; Pg. 60
  • Verification of Active Duty Service; Pg. 62
  • The Importance of Submitting a Fully Developed Claim; Pg. 64
  • Online eBenefits Claims versus Mailed Paper Claims; Pg. 68
  • Claim Forms to Be Used after March 24, 2015; Pg. 76
  • Priority Claims; Pg. 84
  • Understanding Effective Dates; Pg. 88
  • Signatures and VA Power Of Attorney; Pg. 101
  • If the Claimant Dies While the Application Is Pending; Pg. 105
  • How the Regional Office Handles a Claim for Accrued Benefits; Pg. 114
  • Directed Study in 38 CFR Part 3 for This Chapter; Pg. 127

Chapter 3 – 38 CFR Part 3 Adjudication Rules for Specific Benefits

  • Introduction; Pg. 132
  • Improved Pension and Death Pension; Pg. 133
  • Description of Disability Compensation; Pg. 160
  • Elements of a Claim for Disability Compensation; Pg. 164
  • Selected Disability Compensation Claims from 38 CFR Part 3; Pg. 174
  • Individual Unemployability 38 CFR 3.14; Pg. 178
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Pg. 192
  • Ratings for Special Purposes – Special Monthly Compensation; Pg. 201 Ratings for Special Purposes – Aid and Attendance and Housebound; Pg. 206
  • Ratings for Special Purposes – Incompetency; Pg. 216
  • Ratings for Special Purposes – Section 1151 Claims; Pg. 216
  • Special Benefits; Pg. 220
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC); Pg. 224
  • Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation; Pg. 227
  • Burial Benefits; Pg. 230
  • Directed Study in 38 CFR Part 3 for This Chapter; Pg. 237

Chapter 4 – 38 CFR Parts 4 and 13 Disability Rating Decisions

  • Introduction; Pg. 240
  • Overview of Concepts Covered in This Chapter; Pg. 241
  • Paper Claim Folders and eFolders in the Regional Office; Pg. 246
  • How Claims Are Processed and How Rating Decisions Are Made; Pg. 247
  • Evaluation of the Evidence Submitted to the Regional Office; Pg. 258
  • Understanding the Disability Rating System; Pg. 267
  • VA Fiduciary Program; Pg. 276
  • About the Fiduciary Program from VA.gov; Pg. 277

Chapter 5 – 38 CFR Part 14 Authority for Claim Representation

  • The Requirement for Accreditation; Pg. 286
  • Accreditation Is a Federal License; Pg. 286
  • Accreditation Is Not Required to Educate about Veterans Benefits; Pg. 286
  • Providing Claims Assistance under the Authority of Someone Who Is Accredited; Pg. 287
  • Additional Detail about Accreditation; Pg. 289
  • Federal Rules Requiring Accreditation; Pg. 289
  • The Provisions of 38 CFR 14.629 (Accreditation of Agents and Attorneys); Pg. 290
  • How to Become Accredited; Pg. 292
  • Application for Accreditation; Pg. 292
  • Required Continuing Education; Pg. 293
  • The Issue of Charging a Fee; Pg. 294
  • The Unreasonable Restrictions on Charging Fees for Assistance with Claims; Pg. 294
  • There Is No Federal Law That Generally Prohibits Anyone from Charging a Fee; Pg. 301
  • The Attempt to Create a General Prohibition on Charging Fees; Pg. 301
  • When Fees Can Be Charged; Pg. 304
  • The Pre-filing Consultation; Pg. 304
  • Fees Under a Legitimate Third-Party Exception; Pg. 308
  • Fees or Products for Legitimate Estate or Financial Planning; Pg. 309
  • Fees Under a Notice of Disagreement (NOD); Pg. 309
  • Providing Fair and Ethical Representation for Claimants; Pg. 310
  • Conduct Rules and Misconduct Actions for Accredited Representatives; Pg. 310
  • Using a Nonprofit Corporation as a Front for the Third-Party Exception; Pg. 314
  • A Subordinate Processing Claims Documents through an Accredited Attorney; Pg. 315
  • Fees That Are Unreasonable; Pg. 316
  • Fees That Are Contingent upon a Successful Award; Pg. 317
  • Attorney Opinion on an Appeal; Pg. 317
  • Taking Advantage of the Potential Claimant; Pg. 317
  • Questionable, Unethical or Unlawful Schemes for Assisting Aging Senior Claimants; Pg. 319
  • Recent Government Response to Abuses in Representation; Pg. 321
  • The Influence of Veterans Service Organizations; Pg. 322
  • Congressional Involvement against Perceived Abuses with Pension Claims; Pg. 322
  • Legislative Activity at the State Level; Pg. 324
  • Model Legislation for Regulating Abusive Practices against Senior Veterans; Pg. 331

Chapter 6 – 38 CFR Parts 3, 19 and 20 Adverse Actions and Appeals

  • Understanding Development Letters (Section 5103 Notices); Pg. 339
  • Background on the Requirements for Notification; Pg. 339
  • Flexibility in How and When VA Delivers the §5103 Notice; Pg. 339
  • Providing §5103 Notices Electronically through eBenefits; Pg. 340
  • Section 5103 Notices Are Not Required in Certain Instances; Pg. 341
  • Responding to Development Letters; Pg. 342
  • Dealing with Adverse Decisions; Pg. 342
  • Adverse Decisions Do Not Necessarily Require an Appeal; Pg. 342
  • Reopening a Claim after an Adverse Decision Is Made; Pg. 343
  • Definition of a Reopened Claim and New and Material Evidence; Pg. 344
  • Responding to a Denial of Pension Benefits; Pg. 346
  • Appealing an Adverse Decision; Pg. 347
  • The Need for Repeal Reform; Pg. 347
  • Simplified Appeals Process; Pg. 348
  • The Steps in the Appeal Process; Pg. 351
  • What Constitutes an Appeal?; Pg. 351
  • Decision Review Officer (DRO); Pg. 352
  • Statement of the Case (SOC); Pg. 352
  • Substantive Appeal (VA Form 9); Pg. 353
  • Final Review and Forward to BVA by the Office of Original Jurisdiction; Pg. 353
  • Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA); Pg. 354
  • Additional Evidence; Pg. 354
  • Personal Hearing; Pg. 355
  • Further Defining a Notice of Disagreement and a Substantive Appeal; Pg. 355
  • Grounds for Request for Reconsideration; Pg. 355
  • Hiring a Representative for Appeal; Pg. 356

Chapter 7 – Veterans Benefits and Issues Not Included on the Accreditation Exam

  • Correction of Military Records; Pg. 358
  • Military Retirement Survivor Benefits; Pg. 377
  • Eligibility for VA Health Care; Page 354
  • Health Care – Medical and Medical Support Services Provided; Pg. 355
  • Health Care – Pharmacy Services; Pg. 356
  • Health Care – Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans; Pg. 357
  • Health Care – Hearing, Vision and Dental; Pg. 358
  • Health Care – HISA Grants – Home Improvements & Structural Alterations; Pg. 359
  • Health Care – VA Nursing Home and Other Facility Care; Pg. 360
  • Health Care – Adult Day Health Care; Pg. 362
  • Health Care – Home-Based Primary Care; Pg. 363
  • Health Care – Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care; Pg. 363
  • Health Care – Hospice and Palliative Care; Pg. 365
  • Health Care – Respite Care; Pg. 365
  • Health Care – Skilled Home Health Care; Pg. 366
  • Health Care – Home Telehealth; Pg. 367
  • Health Care – Veteran Directed Care; Pg. 368
  • About State Veterans Homes; Pg. 405
  • Other State Veterans Benefits; Pg. 414
  • National Care Planning Council List of State Veterans Homes; Pg. 417
  • Education Benefits; Pg. 424
  • Loan Guarantee Program; Pg. 436
  • Housing Support for Disabled Veterans; Pg. 442
  • Vocational Rehabilitation; Pg. 445
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance (SGLI); Pg. 457
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI); Pg. 459
  • Family Service Members’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI); Pg. 462
  • SGLI Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI); Pg. 465
  • Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI); Pg. 466
  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance; Pg. 467
  • Survivors and Dependents Education Eligibility; Pg. 468
  • Survivors and Dependents Employment Services; Pg. 473
  • Survivors and Dependents Health Care; Pg. 473
  • Survivors Home Loans; Pg. 474

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