NVLSP Press Releases
Seven Veterans Sue Department of Veterans Affairs for Unreasonable Delay
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is violating the law by failing to send veterans requested medical records needed to obtain benefits, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court today. Some have been waiting as long as 25 months.
Seven veterans who served in the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines are suing the VA, claiming that the agency has ignored written requests for their own records. Without the documents, the veterans cannot apply for military disability benefits and cannot seek a change in disability rating.
The veterans – from Florida, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia and Wyoming – are represented by Public Citizen and the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). The groups are asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to declare that the VA has unreasonably delayed responding to the veterans’ requests for their records and order the VA to produce the records within 20 days. [more]
Released 4/20/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits
NVLSP ISSUES TIPS TO HELP VETERANS SAFEGUARD DISABILITY BENEFITS, IN LIGHT OF VA’S NEW ADVERSARIAL PROCESS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 8, 2015 WASHINGTON – A new rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs that became effective on March 24, 2015 ends much of the informal claims … [more]
Released 4/8/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits
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NVLSP News Articles
Released 4/24/15 at The Dalles Chronicle | Tags:
Several national veterans’ groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming the Department of Veterans Affairs has eliminated its informal claims application process, which has been used in the award of about half of all benefits and compensation. [more]
Released 4/22/15 at Defense One | Tags:
Seven veterans from across the country have sued the Veterans Affairs Department claiming the agency has unlawfully ignored requests for documentation necessary to obtain disability benefits. [more]
Released 4/22/15 at Daily Press | Tags:
Seven disabled veterans, including one in central Virginia, have filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming they can't seek additional compensation because the agency won't turn over their records. [more]
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