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More than 133,000 vets may qualify for this tax refund windfall

More than 133,000 veterans may qualify for a refund of federal taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991 ― taxes that shouldn’t have been collected in the first place. These refunds, which are the result of a law passed in 2016, apply to veterans who received this pay dating back to Jan. 17, 1991, with taxes withheld, and who also qualified for disability from the Veterans Affairs Department. President Obama signed into law legislation supported by the National Veterans Legal Services Program, 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 2/1/18 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Know Your Rights Briefing and DD-214 Upgrade Clinic

MOVA is partnering with the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)for a DD-214 Upgrade Clinic and Information Session on March 13, 2018. This clinic will provide DC Veterans with the procedure for upgrading less than honorable discharges followed by individual consultation with an attorney from NVLSP. [more]

Released 2/1/18 | Tags:

Co-author Bart Stichman discusses harmful debt collection legislation

This week, the House Financial Services Committee will vote on whether to open the floodgates to abusive litigation conduct by debt collection attorneys and debt buyers who work in their name. The Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act would unwind a bedrock protection for the 77 million Americans with debts in collection, including struggling families, elders, servicemembers and veterans. Debt collection is a multibillion dollar industry that consistently generates the most consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Servicemembers and veterans are especially impacted by abusive debt collection activities, which were the subject of 42 percent of all complaints to the CFPB from military consumers. Why would Congress want to limit consumer protections against an industry that is clearly among the most abusive of consumers? [more]

Released 1/30/18 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Vettys winners hit the red carpet

Hosted jointly by the Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV), Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and Paralyzed Veterans of America, the annual event recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated relentless dedication and selfless service to the veteran community and their families. [more]

Released 1/25/18 | Tags:

The 2018 VETTY Awards recognized exemplary service to the veteran community

In acknowledgement of veterans that have gone beyond their call of duty, the 3rd annual VETTY awards recognized marquee veterans that have exemplified ongoing public service and advocacy efforts, and who have demonstrated exceptional contribution and service to the veteran community in 2017. NVLSP was an awardee. [more]

Released 1/22/18 | Tags:

Congress should vote down this harmful debt collection legislation

NVLSP co-executive director co-authored this opinions piece. Debt collection is a multibillion dollar industry that consistently generates the most consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Servicemembers and veterans are especially impacted by abusive debt collection activities, which were the subject of 42 percent of all complaints to the CFPB from military consumers. [more]

Released 1/17/18 | Tags:

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