NVLSP’s Basic Training Course

Attention advocates, veterans, and family members of veterans! We are excited to announce that we have updated the Basic Training Correspondence Course to reflect recent changes in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs and benefits.  If you purchased the Course on or after May 1, 2013, your unlimited site access has been automatically extended until April 30, 2014. If you purchased the Course between November 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013, and email a request to Dorrie Fox at dorrie@nvlsp.org, we will grant you complimentary site access through April 30, 2014.

Additionally, there are a number of Course participants who purchased the Course within the past several months, but have not yet taken the proficiency examination or are currently in the process of completing the examination. Please note that the proficiency examination has also been revised to reflect the updated course content; and if you have not completed the examination, we encourage you to review the newly updated content prior to taking the test. Please direct any questions regarding the Course to Dorrie Fox.


You must purchase the Basic Training Course to gain entry to the site and course materials. Visit the NVLSP Bookstore for order details. **

This course is an introduction to veterans law and advocacy for anyone who helps veterans and their family members get benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and potential claimants for VA benefits.

This is not an advanced course. It does not attempt to cover every topic or issue in VA law. This course will discuss almost every VA benefit, but it will focus on entitlement to compensation and pension benefits because these benefits are often especially difficult to obtain. For example, almost all the cases that come before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) deal with entitlement to compensation and pension. We also do not discuss the many varied state veterans’ benefits programs.

We hope many veterans, as well as those providing (or interested in providing) informal advice about VA benefits, will take this course. However, veterans should not expect to represent themselves even after successfully completing this course. That would be a major mistake. But a claimant who takes this course will be better able to assist his or her representative.

An informed veteran is far more likely to obtain his or her rightfully earned VA benefits.

** If you’re considering purchasing this course for other people, please forward their full names and email addresses to Dorrie Fox at dorrie@nvlsp.org. Thank you.