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Equal Justice Works Names 2018 Class of Fellows

Equal Justice Works, the leading nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys, today announced its 2018 Class of Equal Justice Works Fellows. Sixty-seven recent law school graduates will launch their public interest law careers through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship project of their own design. Jenna Goldberg will create a Medical-Legal Partnership in support of veterans' applications for benefits before military correction boards and the VA. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Jenna will be hosted at the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C. She is co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation and Hogan Lovells US LLP. [more]

Released 6/20/18 | Tags: Staff

Exposure Wars: The long, connected and continuing fight for accountability.

Since their first encounter with nuclear weapons tests in the 1940s, U.S. servicemembers have been exposed to atomic radiation, toxic defoliants and choking burn pits, among other contaminations that, while slower-acting, are often just as lethal as bullets and bombs. In each of these situations, the government response to afflicted veterans’ needs for information, acknowledgment and health care has been even slower – decades of denial, followed by begrudging but limited acceptance and bureaucratic skepticism. The American Legion has been at the forefront of advocating on behalf of these veterans, from the Legion service officer in Iowa who helped Orville Kelly win the first atomic veteran’s claim, to the continuing fight for Agent Orange benefits and today’s work on behalf of post-9/11 veterans. [more]

Released 5/21/18 | Tags: Agent Orange

Veterans Journal: Another way to determine eligibility for VA disability benefits

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP and on Facebook) is offering a free online app for veterans at http://app.nvlsp.org. It is designed to help veterans and their advocates identify the VA disability benefits to which they may be entitled. By answering a series of questions, the specific disability benefits claims that could be filed with the VA are identified. The app is available through the Apple app store and Google Play. [more]

Released 5/18/18 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Here’s another way to determine eligibility for VA disability benefits

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP and on Facebook) is offering a free online app for veterans at http://app.nvlsp.org. It is designed to help veterans and their advocates identify the VA disability benefits to which they may be entitled. By answering a series of questions, the specific disability benefits claims that could be filed with the VA are identified. The app is available through the Apple app store and Google Play. [more]

Released 5/18/18 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year precede

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year precedent that denied disability claims for pain without connection to a specific medical diagnosis or event. Veteran advocates estimate that over 11,000 disability claims have been denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which asserted “pain alone is not a disability for the purpose of VA disability compensation.” [more]

Released 4/27/18 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

National Veterans Legal Service Program

Rochelle Bobroff of the National Veterans Legal Service Program says much has changed in recent years concerning benefits for military veterans. The program offers free legal help for veterans seeking discharge upgrades, applications for military medical retirement, benefit appeals and other services. [more]

Released 4/25/18 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Free legal aid available for veterans

Free legal help is available to veterans and active-duty personnel seeking benefits. That was the message National Veterans Legal Services Program delivered to 14 people at the Washington County Commission on Aging on Wednesday. "There are tens of thousands of veterans who don't have all of the disability benefits that they should have," Rochelle Bobroff, the organization's director of pro bono services, said before the program. [more]

Released 4/25/18 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

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