National Veterans Advocate
- Exposed 25k veterans traumatic brain injury scandal
- Exposed ‘crow flies’ Veterans Choice hypocrisy
- Exposed failure to pay millions in non-VA ER billing
- Winner of prestigious Veterans’ Voice Award
- Testified before Democratic Platform Committee on veterans’ hardships
- Leading policy authority featured on Bloomberg TV, Pioneer Press, CBS, POGO, Star Tribune, Military.com, Newsweek, etc.
- Policy articles published regularly on DisabledVeterans.org
Benjamin Krause, Esq., practices federal law and agency matters involving the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). He generally represents soldiers, veterans, and their families against DVA in federal law and agency adjudications. He focuses on matters relating to military service, and how that service impacts the soldier while in the military and well after they take off the uniform.
This includes contested federal law and agency matters involving:
- VA Disability Compensation Adverse Decisions
- Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness & Employment Adverse Decisions (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment)
- Medical Malpractice claims under Federal Tort Claims Act
- Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Claims
- Licensed to Practice Law: Minnesota
- US District Court of the District of Minnesota
- Dept. of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney
- US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- US Court of Claims
- US District Court for the District of Columbia
University of Minnesota Law School
- Juris Doctorate, 2013
- Honors: Magna Cum Laude
- Bachelor of Arts, 2007
United States Air Force
- Special Operations Command
- Air Mobility Command
Personally, Mr. Krause fought for years against the bureaucratic backlog within VA. After getting fed up with the system, he chose to attend law school, to bring the fight back to the doorstep of the Department of Veterans Affairs. After becoming an attorney, the Department of Veterans Affairs finally awarded him 100 percent Permanent & Total rating.
While in law school, he advocated for veterans in Washington, D.C. for Veterans For Common Sense as the organizations Assistant Director for Policy Advocacy. In Minnesota, he clerked for attorney John Baker and worked on veterans legislation for Mr. Baker’s firm. Mr. Krause graduated with high honors from the University of Minnesota, in 2013.
After law school he created Krause Law, PLLC. The law firm has a singular focus. That focus is to be a legal advocate for those individuals who serve and have served this great country.
Aside from being a lawyer, Mr. Krause is an award winning veterans advocate – winning the Top 25 Veterans Voice Award in 2013.
As an advocate and investigative journalist, he investigates problems within VA, advocates for veterans on Capitol Hill, and published a variety of guides and articles focusing on veterans issues and benefits.
He publishes legal and policy articles about VA frequently on DisabledVeterans.org. Mr. Krause has also been featured as a veterans policy expert on numerous news outlets such as Bloomberg TV, C-SPAN, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, and Project on Government Oversight.
Examples of scandals Mr. Krause has worked on follow. In 2015, he exposed a nearly 25,000 veteran scandal where VA used unqualified doctors to assess residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many veterans were wrongly denied TBI disability benefits as a result where VA failed to pay many veterans thousands in disability compensation. Mr. Krause later exposed the massive failure of VA to pay non-VA emergency room visits forcing thousands of veterans annually into financial hardship. Both scandals were covered extensively by KARE 11 NBC News affiliate in Minneapolis resulting in IG investigations and congressional oversight hearings.
Mr. Krause came up with the concept of using investigative journalist techniques to enhance advocacy in 2009. Then, he led an investigation into VA Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E). CBS Evening News with Katie Couric picked up the investigation, which uncovered numerous problems within the program.
In 2010, he began writing short VR&E guides. While in law school, he wrote the Voc Rehab Survival Guide for Veterans, a 120-page guide that helps veterans make the most of VA Vocational Rehabilitation. Today, his writings stretch across the country, having published numerous veterans specific websites such as Military.com, VABenefitblog.com, VeteransForCommonSense.org, and of course DisabledVeterans.org. Mr. Krause is also the owner of Armo Press, LLC, a policy research company, that runs DisabledVeterans.org.
As a lawyer, Mr. Krause applies many of these same advocacy strategies to client situations. His familiarity in navigating bureaucratic systems allows him to identify roadblocks before they become problems.
*Mr. Krause is presently working from a virtual office and is not taking in person appointments.