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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

Court Rules That VA Has Shortchanged Veterans Since 2009 by Denying Reimbursement

US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Agrees with NVLSP Argument

WASHINGTON – On Friday, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims struck down a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation that VA had been relying upon since 2009 to deny reimbursement requests from veterans who incurred emergency medical care costs outside the VA healthcare system. The Court’s decision rebuked the VA, emphasizing that VA’s reimbursement regulation became “wholly inconsistent” with the governing statute when Congress amended it in 2009, but thereafter the VA unlawfully “declined to remedy this inconsistency.” [more]

Released 4/11/16 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

New Report Documents Wrongful VA Denial of Benefits to Vets with Bad Paper Discharges

125,000 Veterans Who Served Since 2001 Excluded from Basic Veteran Services

Approximately 125,000 post-9/11 veterans with bad paper discharges are being wrongfully excluded from basic veteran services by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), says a new white paper issued today by Swords to Plowshares and the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). The culprit is VA’s own regulations, which do not match eligibility standards set up by Congress in 1944 in the original GI Bill of Rights. [more]

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

Government Wrongfully Deducts $78 Million from Payments to Veterans, Legislation Introduced

Senators Boozman and Warner Introduce Legislation, NVLSP Informs Capitol Hill About Wrongful Withholding

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. NVLSP estimates at least 13,800 veterans were impacted and the government wrongfully withheld $78 million dollars from severance payments to combat disabled veterans. NVLSP discovered the problem. [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags:

Veterans and Civil Rights Organizations File Federal Lawsuit Against VA for Withholding Information

More than 17 months after nonprofit filed a FOIA request on women’s health, the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs has failed to respond

Today, two national veterans and civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), challenging the VA’s complete refusal to turn over information and documents about the inadequate health care services female veterans receive from the VA’s Veterans’ Health Administration. The lawsuit alleges that the VA has violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). [more]

Released 1/27/16 | Tags:

Delivering on our Promise: NVLSP Recognizes Congressman Jeff Miller for Advocacy

National Veterans Legal Services Program Honors Attorney David Addlestone for Pioneering Work

The 2015 Senator Daniel K. Inouye Award was presented to Congressman Jeff Miller by the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). During the organization’s annual benefit reception. The award recognizes his advocacy and legislative work on behalf of our nation’s veterans and their families. [more]

Released 11/24/15 | Tags: Supporters

Veterans: Get Free Legal Help Appealing VA Denials of Certain Types to Board of Veterans’ Appeals

NVLSP Stands Up New Project to Assist Veterans Appealing Denial of VA Disability Benefits for Mental Health Disorders, Reduction or Termination of VA Disability Benefits

Veterans who are appealing the denial of certain disability compensation claims to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) can now request free legal help from the Lawyers Serving Warriors Project of the NVLSP. The Lawyers Serving Warriors project focuses on some of our nation’s most vulnerable veterans – those seeking benefits for mental health conditions who were denied, as well as those facing a reduction or termination of VA disability compensation. [more]

Released 11/19/15 | Tags: Board of Veterans Appeals

NVLSP is Grateful VA is Expanding Benefits to Agent Orange Exposed C-123 Veterans

NVLSP will continue to monitor how VA manages Agent Orange disability benefits and ensure veterans are treated fairly

NVLSP issues a statement on today’s announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarding a presumption of Agent Orange exposure to military veterans who flew C-123 planes after the Vietnam War. The announcement awards disability benefits to these veterans, many of them Air Force reservists, who did not initially know they were exposed to Agent Orange while flying C-123 planes for the military after the Vietnam war ended. [more]

Released 6/18/15 | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

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