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NVLSP Lawyers Serving Warriors® Newsletter - May 2018

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is introducing the Lawyers Serving Warriors® Newsletter to recognize the pro bono partners who have contributed their time and effort to help service members and veterans. The newsletter expresses NVLSP’s sincere appreciation for the legal work provided by attorneys nationwide to enable service members and veterans to obtain the benefits they deserve. This initial edition will highlight some of the victories obtained in 2017. The Lawyers Serving Warriors Newsletter will also thank attorney volunteers who accepted Lawyers Serving Warriors (LSW) cases and projects. [more]

Released 5/11/18 | Tags:

NVLSP COURT VICTORY FOR VETERANS: VA CAN NOW AWARD BENEFITS FOR DISABLING PAIN

NVLSP and Its Private Law Firm Partner Persuade the Federal Circuit to Overturn 19-Year Precedent

In a sweeping legal victory for veterans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year lower court precedent which prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from awarding disability benefits to a veteran for disabling pain if it was not linked to a medical diagnosis. “What this ruling means is that if a physician cannot diagnose the cause of the pain the veteran is experiencing, but the pain is related to an event, injury, or disease that occurred during the veteran’s military service, the veteran should now win disability benefits,” said Bart Stichman, executive director and co-founder of NVLSP and one of the attorneys who represented the veteran in the case. [more]

Released 4/4/18 | Tags: Class Actions

VA Finalizes Rule Requiring Payments for Non-VA Emergency Claims Under NVLSP Court Victory in Staab

VA Finalizes Rule Requiring Payments on as many as 748,000 Claims for Reimbursement of Non-VA Emergency Medical Expenses Under NVLSP’s Court Victory in Staab

VA Finalizes Rule Requiring Payments on as many as 748,000 Claims for Reimbursement of Non-VA Emergency Medical Expenses Under NVLSP’s Court Victory in Staab  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) finalized a rule on January 9th that requires the VA to reimburse veterans for non-VA … [more]

Released 1/17/18 | Tags:

NVLSP LAUNCHES FREE MOBILE AND WEB BASED APP TO ASSIST MILITARY VETERANS AND ADVOCATES

First of its kind app helps veterans determine specific VA benefits

NVLSP Launches Free Mobile and Web Based App to Assist Military Veterans and Advocates with Potential VA Benefits Claims First of its kind app helps veterans determine specific VA benefits FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 14, 2017 WASHINGTON – National Veterans Legal Services Program … [more]

Released 12/14/17 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

NVLSP Raises More than Half a Million Dollars for Pro-Bono Legal Aid for Veterans & Their Families

Ninth annual benefit breaks fundraising records, supports advocacy for disability benefits

NVLSP Raises More than Half a Million Dollars for Pro-Bono Legal Aid for Veterans & Their Families Ninth annual benefit breaks fundraising records, supports advocacy for disability benefits   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 28, 2017 PHOTOS AVAILABLE Washington – A record … [more]

Released 12/11/17 | Tags:

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

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