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NVLSP Wins $2 Billion in Medical Care Benefits for Hundreds of Thousands of Veterans

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ruling will stand, NVLSP offers advice for veterans with prior denials for emergency medical care reimbursement

NVLSP has won $2 billion for hundreds of thousands of veterans who received emergency medical care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and were wrongfully denied reimbursement by the VA for the emergency medical expenses they incurred. In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced that the VA would “voluntarily withdraw” its appeal in the legal case, Staab v. Shulkin, that required VA to reimburse these veterans. [more]

Released 6/16/17 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits

Testimony: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

Testimony of NVLSP

The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act provide a far-reaching restructuring of the VA administrative appeals process. It contains many positive features that are likely to decrease appeal times, while providing claimants with various options for pursuing their appeals. As with any substantial change to a complex system, there will clearly be effects that we cannot now predict. But given that the current appeals process is not functioning well, we have ultimately concluded that the proposed legislation - even without being able to predict all of its effects - is a necessary step. However, NVLSP opposes some of the substantive changes to the draft bill that VA is seeking under the guise of "technical amendments." [more]

Released 4/28/17 | Tags: Board of Veterans Appeals, Congressional Legislation

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

Bill Seeking to Recover $78 Million for 13,800 Combat Injured Veterans Passes the House

NVLSP applauds passage of legislation, Hopes Senate will consider S.2712 this session

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) applauds the passage of H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 last night in Congress. Sponsored by Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC), the bill ensures veterans who suffered service-ending combat-related injuries are not being wrongfully taxed on their severance packages from the Department of Defense (DoD). [more]

Released 12/6/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

NVLSP Pleased Supreme Court Sides with Veterans in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. USA

Decision Directs VA to Give Preference to Veteran-owned Businesses

In Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States of America, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a service-disabled veteran-owned small business in a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The lawsuit was over the VA’s failure to comply with Public Law 109-461, commonly referred to as “Veterans First.” [more]

Released 6/17/16 | Tags: Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)

Congressman Rouzer Introduces Bill to Protect Combat-Injured Veterans’ Severance Pay

Bill seeks to recover $78 million in wrongfully-taxed severance payments

Congressman David Rouzer recently introduced H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, to ensure veterans who suffered service-ending combat-related injuries are not being wrongfully taxed on their severance packages 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 the DoD. However, due to an accounting error, more than $78 million is owed to an estimated 14,000 veterans. [more]

Released 5/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

NVLSP Submits Statement to Congressional Committee on Proposed Changes to Veterans Appeals Process

NVLSP supports changes to VA appeals process, but with two important caveats requiring legislative changes

The Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:00am Eastern time to hear testimony and discuss proposed changes to the veterans appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The National Veterans Legal Services Program and the Veterans Law Institute at Stetson University's College of Law submitted a statement to the committee that supports the changes with two significant caveats. [more]

Released 4/26/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Bill to Protect Combat-Injured Veterans’ Severance Payments Passes Senate Finance Committee

Since 1991, DoD has improperly withheld taxes from severance payments of up to 14,000 veterans separated from service due to combat injury

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) has passed the Senate Finance Committee.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. Unfortunately, taxes on combat-related disability severance payments have nonetheless been withheld from qualifying veterans for a number of years, in part due to the limitations of DoD’s automated payment system. Veterans are typically unaware that their benefits were improperly reduced as a result of DoD’s actions. [more]

Released 4/21/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

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