VA Accredited Claims Representatives:Federal Law, Title 38 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) govern individuals providing VA claims assistance and the representation of VA claimants to ensure those veterans have responsible, qualified representation in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits. Any individual providing VA benefits claims assistance must be accredited by the VA. A searchable list of VA-accredited representatives in the State of Utah, including Veterans Service Organizations, agents, and attorneys, is available at the VA Office of General Counsel website: www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp.
Claims Assistance Disclosure Requirements:In addition, Utah Code §71-13-103 stipulates each person offering to assist veterans in applying for benefits shall disclose in writing, the federal laws, regulations, and rules governing assistance for VA benefits. The only permissible disclosure form format is UDVMA Form 1, May 2015. Also pursuant to Utah Code §71-13-103, no provision of this form may be struck out or designated as N/A. A copy of this completed form shall be provided to the veteran on the day it is signed. Additionally, the Claims Representative must send a signed copy to the UDVMA within 5 working days (550 Foothill Blvd, Suite 105, Salt Lake City, UT 84113 or email@example.com) and retained on file for 3 years. For additional information on the legislation establishing the provisions of Utah Code §71-13-103, please see House Bill 205, 2015 Legislative Session. Accredited representatives of the following organizations are exempt from these provisions:
State of Utah Department of Veteran & Military Affairs 801.326.2372
Disabled American Veterans 801.326.2375
American Legion 801.326.2380
Veterans of Foreign Wars 801.326.2385
Military Order of the Purple Heart 801.326.2471 Vietnam Veterans of America American Veterans (AMVET)