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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

Women Writing About War: Four Authors Join Judy Woodruff May 27 to Discuss War and Its Impact

Event Organized by NVLSP Draws Attention to Impact of More Than a Decade of War in Iraq and Afghanistan, Changing Roles of Women

Four notable women authors who have written about the Global War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan and its impact on women serving in the military and on the home front, will participate in a panel discussion organized by the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) and moderated by Judy Woodruff. The event is open to press coverage. [more]

Released 5/19/15 | Tags: Supporters

Benefits Delayed:After as Long as 25 Months, Combat Veterans Still Waiting for Records, Lawsuit Says

Seven Veterans Sue Department of Veterans Affairs for Unreasonable Delay

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is violating the law by failing to send veterans requested medical records needed to obtain benefits, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court today. Some have been waiting as long as 25 months. Seven veterans who served in the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines are suing the VA, claiming that the agency has ignored written requests for their own records. Without the documents, the veterans cannot apply for military disability benefits and cannot seek a change in disability rating. The veterans – from Florida, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia and Wyoming – are represented by Public Citizen and the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). The groups are asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to declare that the VA has unreasonably delayed responding to the veterans’ requests for their records and order the VA to produce the records within 20 days. [more]

Released 4/20/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

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