VA Accredited Claims Agent

Philip VanderHamm

On August 20th, 2010, Mr. VanderHamm was approved as an Accredited Claims Agent for the Veterans Administration. In order to obtain that accreditation, he studied the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 38 (CFR 38) and passed the federal exam with the Department of Veterans Affairs authorizing him to represent Service and Non-Service Connected Pension claimants. In addition, he is required to complete continuing education courses on a biannual basis to stay abreast with current regulations and federal manuals. Phil is also certified in the following:

CLU, Chartered Life Underwriter,  CEBS, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, QPA, Qualified Plan Administrator of the American Society of Pension Actuaries

CHFC, Chartered Financial Consultant

CFP, Certified Financial Planner
Member, Veterans Advocacy Group of America

Phil grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and currently resides in Colorado where he enjoys the vast array of year-round outdoor activities. He and his wife enjoy 5 children and 8 grandchildren.


Brian Chew, Esq.
VA Accredited Elder Law Attorney

OC Wills and Trust Attorneys, a division of The Law Offices of Brian Chew, PC is based in Irvine, California. We specialize in offering our clients affordable and comprehensive estate plans including Living Trusts, Wills, Power of Attorneys, and Advanced Healthcare Directives. We can also prepare Special Needs Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Medi-Cal Trusts, Grantor Annuity Trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts and Qualified Personal Residence Trusts. We assist seniors with qualifying for government long term care benefits such as Medi-Cal (Medicaid) and the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit.


Steven L. Hayes, Esq. AVA's Corporate Attorney

Steven L. Hayes was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where, inspired partly by the fact that his father was the County Sheriff, he seemed destined to find his life’s work in helping and protecting others.

He graduated with Honors from the University of Arkansas and then with Honors from the University of San Francisco Law School. Over many years of private law practice, Steven had occasion to help people who were themselves victims of what he considered to be unscrupulous medical practitioners.

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