NVLSP

TVA Login

News Room

NVLSP News Articles

Report: VA Denied Services To 125K Post-9/11 Veterans

At least 125,000 post-9/11 veterans have been denied services by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a new report. Roughly 6.5 percent of post-9/11 veterans, including more than 33,000 who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are not receiving benefits such as healthcare, housing help for the homeless, and disability services, because they have "bad paper" discharges, the report by the National Veterans Legal Services Program and Swords to Plowshares, with assistance from Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic, found, according to Stars and Stripes. [more]

Released 3/30/16 | Tags: Discharges, Veteran's Benefits

Combat Wounded Soldiers Ripped Off In Tax Sham

A recent investigation shows the Pentagon ripped off wounded soldiers through a repayment scheme to a tune of $78 million over the past 25 years. Lawmakers were shocked to learn the Department of Defense had knowingly withheld tax payments from the disability payments paid to wounded soldiers on their way out of the military. Federal law prohibited the practice, but the DOD victimized at least 13,000 disabled soldiers through its withholding policy. [more]

Released 3/28/16 | Tags: Discharges, Veteran's Benefits

Boozman Bill Seeks Full Severance For Vets

Combat-injured veterans would receive full severance under legislation introduced late last week, according to Arkansas’ Sen. John Boozman, one of the bill’s backers. Boozman, R-Ark, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced what they call the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 on Thursday. The goal is 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.” [more]

Released 3/21/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Bill would remedy improper taxation of disabled vets’ severance

A veteran and lawyer says the federal government has wrongfully and knowingly taken about $80 million from combat disabled veterans over the past 25 years, and he’s hoping to get a new law passed to fix the problem. Tom Moore, a veteran and a lawyer with the National Veterans Legal Services Program, says the money was basically stolen from about 14,000 vets. Moore says that the lump-sum severance payment for disabled combat veterans is not supposed to be taxed according to federal law, but has been since 1991. [more]

Released 3/21/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Warner seeks to protect combat-injured veterans from being improperly taxed on severance pay

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not improperly taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DoD). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DoD. [more]

Released 3/18/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Pentagon illegally withholding money from wounded soldiers

It probably shouldn’t take an act of Congress to get the U.S. Government to stop illegally taking money from wounded soldiers, but apparently it’s going to. A couple of U.S. senators yesterday introduced The Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 to force the Department of Defense to stop withholding money from severance pay to soldiers who are discharged from the military after they are wounded, and are no longer able to be soldiers, Stars and Stripes reported. [more]

Released 3/18/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Warner, Boozman Seek to Protect Combat-Injured Veterans from Being Improperly Taxed on Severance Pay

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not improperly taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DoD). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DoD. [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Boozman, Warner Seek to Protect Combat-Injured Veterans From Being Wrongfully Deprived

U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today introduced bipartisan 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). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DOD. [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Bill Would Reimburse Combat-Injured Vets for Taxed Severance Pay

Lawmakers on Thursday filed legislation intended to prevent states from taxing severance pay of combat-injured veterans, which one senator claims has resulted in some $78 million improperly taken from veterans. The money being taxed is the one-time lump sum disability severance pay veterans receive from the Defense Department, a payment that is not supposed to be taxed and would not be but for a glitch with the DoD's automated payment system, according to lawmakers. "Most troubling is that we learned the government had known about this problem for decades yet continued to take this money from thousands of disabled veterans," said Tom Moore, an attorney and manager of the Lawyers Serving Warriors Project at National Veterans Legal Services Program. "The sad truth is that the government essentially stole $78 million from disabled combat veterans because of an accounting problem it's known about for years." [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

News Room

Subscribe to our newsletter
Newsletter Archives