National Veterans Advocate
- Exposed 25k veterans traumatic brain injury scandal
- Exposed ‘crow flies’ Veterans Choice hypocrisy
- Winner of prestigious Veterans’ Voice Award
- Testified before Democratic Platform Committee on veterans’ hardships
- Topic expert for Bloomberg TV, Pioneer Press, CBS, POGO, Star Tribune, Military.com
Benjamin Krause represents soldiers, veterans and their families in the State of Minnesota. 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 within Administrative Law.
- VA Disability Compensation Claims
- Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
- Federal Tort Claims
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% Permanent and 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 – recently 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 writes daily 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. Most recently, Mr. Krause exposed a 25,000 veteran scandal where VA used unqualified doctors to assess residuals of traumatic brain injury. The scandal was exposed through KARE 11 NBC News in Minneapolis.
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. CBS Evening News with Katie Couric picked up the investigation, which uncovered numerous problems within the program.
By 2011, he published 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 Miltiary.com, VABenefitblog.com, VeteransForCommonSense.org, and of course DisabledVeterans.org. Mr. Krause is also the owner of Armo Press, LLC, a policy research company.
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.
University of Minnesota Law School
- Honors: Magna Cum Laude
- Honors: McNair Scholar
United States Air Force
- Special Operations Command
- Air Mobility Command
- State of Minnesota Bar
- US District Court of the District of Minnesota
- Dept. of Veterans Affairs Accreditation
- US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Pre-Attorney Advocacy Highlights
Selected as Top 25 Veterans Advocate
Mr. Krause is a recent recipient of the Veterans’ Voices Award from the Minnesota Humanities Center. The Center selected the top 25 advocates in the state. As a result, he was chosen to participate in a new Center initiative to improve communication between the veterans community and the community at large.
Leading “Big Brain” Veterans Policy Expert
Named as top advocate and writer by VA Under Secretary Allison Hickey. Invitee to participate in roundtable discussions with VA and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Military Advantage Book
Selected as contributing author for the Military.com veterans benefits book Military Advantage.
Testify before Democratic Platform Committee
Advised the Democratic Party as to the real needs of veterans ranging from disability benefits to small business legislation. Met with over 25 lawmakers and staffers in Washington DC to discuss veterans educational benefits issues.
Veterans Get Insurance
Advocated former Director Ruth Fanning to start paying for health insurance for qualifying veterans while they are in college under VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment. The policy change had an estimated annual value of $30 million for veterans.
Created the Online Veterans Resource Center
Used disability benefit funding to create the first comprehensive online veterans resource center. The purpose of the center is to maintain guides online that veterans can access 24/7 from the comfort of their home. The guides provide strategy and education that has helped countless veterans maximize their benefits.
Publish Book on VA Benefits
Wrote the Voc Rehab Survival Guide for Veterans, a 120-page text to help veterans navigate the VA bureaucracy.
Founded Armo Press, LLC
Created the company Armo Press, which is Latin meaning “to train.” The company’s goal is to create electronic publications that focus on helping Americans learn how to hurdle the roadblocks in life.
In addition, Mr. Krause has a perspective that only those who have been there and done that can have. Whether battling VA or advocating for parents rights, he has seen it all.
In 2014, he won his thirteen-year fight with VA for a fair disability compensation rating after being lowballed with a 10% rating after separting from the USAF in 2001. He is still fighting for the back pay to which he is entitled.
Mr. Krause’s areas of focus within his legal practice reflect the life lessons he learned while traversing the occasionally dangerous and trying world that is “Life.”