Montana Crow is a Veterans disability rights attorney who represents Veterans in their fight for disability compensation. Montana’s passion for helping others, demonstrated by years of volunteer work, has inspired her to become a champion for Veterans who have been denied disability benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Montana earned her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude, and received her B.S. in Public Relations from Iowa State University. While in law school, Montana was recognized for her work with numerous Cali Excellence for the Future Awards, an award given to the highest scoring student in each law school class. As a former policy and government affairs intern, Montana understands the complexities of working with bureaucracies and will advocate zealously for her clients in their struggle against the Department of Veterans Affairs.
When she is not defending Veterans’ rights, Montana enjoys spending time with her nephews, reading, traveling, and taking photos. You can also find her loudly rooting for all Iowa State athletics.
Activities, Achievements, and Awards
Wins at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Affairs
As of January 2023, Montana has dozens of wins in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Affairs. Here are a few of them:
September 1, 2022 – Montana achieved a remand order for the denial of service connection for a valvular heart disease and a vestibular condition by arguing that the Board erred when it failed to provide an adequate statement of reasons or bases that addressed Appellant’s argument regarding the examiner’s qualifications and when it failed to provide a statement of reasons or bases that addressed all favorable evidence.
September 30, 2022 – Montana achieved a remand for entitlement to an earlier effective date, prior to April 5, 2010, for the grant of a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (TDIU) by successfully arguing that the Board erred when it provided an inadequate statement of reasons or bases in violation of 38 U.S.C. § 7104(d)(1).
September 14, 2022 – Montana achieved a remand order for the denial of service connection for lumbar radiculopathy and for an acquired psychiatric disability to include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression by arguing that the Board erred when it failed to ensure that the July 2017 VA examination for Appellant’s psychiatric disability was adequate.
November 4, 2022 – Montana achieved a remand for her client’s claim for entitlement to compensation under 38 U.S.C. § 1151 for residuals associated with the May 2011 left long finger trigger release by successfully arguing that the Board failed to provide an adequate statement of reasons and bases for its conclusion that any increase in disability or additional disability following the May 2011 left long finger trigger release was not proximately due to VA’s carelessness, negligence, lack of proper skill, error in judgment, or similar instance of fault on the part of VA, or an event not reasonably foreseeable.
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