38 U.S. Code § 5902. Recognition of representatives of organizations
The Secretary may recognize representatives of the American National Red Cross, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the United Spanish War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and such other organizations as the Secretary may approve, in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Secretary.
(1) No individual shall be recognized under this section—
Unless a claimant specifically indicates in a power of attorney filed with the Department a desire to appoint only a recognized representative of an organization listed in or approved under subsection (a), the Secretary may, for any purpose, treat the power of attorney naming such an organization, a specific office of such an organization, or a recognized representative of such an organization as the claimant’s representative as an appointment of the entire organization as the claimant’s representative.
Whenever the Secretary is required or permitted to notify a claimant’s representative, and the claimant has named in a power of attorney an organization listed in or approved under subsection (a), a specific office of such an organization, or a recognized representative of such an organization without specifically indicating a desire to appoint only a recognized representative of the organization, the Secretary shall notify the organization at the address designated by the organization for the purpose of receiving the notification concerned.
(Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1238, § 3402; Pub. L. 91–24, § 12(b), June 11, 1969, 83 Stat. 34; Pub. L. 98–160, title VII, § 703(5), Nov. 21, 1983, 97 Stat. 1010; renumbered § 5902, Pub. L. 102–40, title IV, § 402(b)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(a)(1), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 403–405; Pub. L. 104–275, title V, § 508(a), Oct. 9, 1996, 110 Stat. 3343; Pub. L. 109–461, title I, § 101(a)(2), Dec. 22, 2006, 120 Stat. 3406.)