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President Signs Into Law NVLSP Supported Bill to End Taxation of Veterans’ Severance Payments

NVLSP estimates 13,800 veterans were denied $78 million in severance pay when wrongfully taxed

On December 16, 2016, President Obama signed into law legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DOD). The Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 directs DOD to identify veterans who have been separated from service for combat-related injuries and received a severance payment that was improperly taxed by the federal government. It instructs DOD to determine how much the combat-wounded veterans are owed and allow veterans who have been improperly taxed to recover the withheld amounts. [more]

Released 12/19/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

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Military Shorts Veterans on CRSC Benefits, Class Action Claims

Released 3/9/17 at Top Class Actions | Tags: Class Actions, Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

A retired Marine says the military has been short-changing veterans on retroactive Combat-Related Special Compensation benefits. Plaintiff Simon Soto, who served two tours in Iraq in the Marine Corps, claims branches of the U.S. military have been misapplying a limitations statute to improperly limit veterans’ entitlement to CRSC benefits.The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) filed this class action lawsuit on behalf of Soto. The NVLSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to making sure both veterans and those actively serving in the military get the “federal benefits they have earned through their service to our country.” [more]

MILITARY UPDATE: VA denied stay on paying tsunami of emergency care claims

Released 2/24/17 at Northwest Florida Daily News/Military Update | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has rejected with stunning speed a motion from the Department of Veterans Affairs that it be allowed to stop taking steps toward reimbursing hundreds of thousands of veterans for the non-VA emergency care costs they have paid until higher courts rule on VA's appeal. [more]

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