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Free Legal Representation on Disability Compensation Claims Appeals at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals

National Veterans Legal Services Program is starting a new Lawyers Serving Warriors (LSW) program to provide free legal representation to veterans whose disability compensation claims have been denied by a VA regional office and are now on appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA).

1. What types of claims does your program assist with?

The program will provide free legal representation to veterans who appealed to the BVA a VA regional office decision that included at least one of the following types of claims:

2. Are there any timing issues affecting eligibility for assistance?

Yes.  To be considered for our program, the following requirements must be met:

If you are not sure what a substantive appeal (VA Form 9) looks like, please click the following link: Form 9;

If you are not sure what a “90-day letter” looks like, please click the following link: 90 day letter

3. I believe I meet the basic eligibility requirements for the program, how do I request assistance from Lawyers Serving Warriors?

NVLSP will need to obtain your VA claims folder to screen the case for inclusion in the program.  To request assistance, follow these steps:

  1. Download and complete our Privacy Act Waiver so that NVLSP can request your claims file.
    Click here to download our Privacy Act Waiver
  2. Send to NVLSP a copy of your substantive appeal (VA Form 9) and Statement of the Case.
    To view a redacted substantive appeal or Statement of the Case, click on the following links:
    Substantive Appeal  -  Statement of the Case
  3. Complete a request for assistance at the following link: https://nvlsp.wufoo.com/forms/request-for-assistance-bva-appeal/

4. How do I send to NVLSP the three documents requested above?

Please send us these documents by one of the following methods:

By email:  Lawyersserving@nvlsp.org

By fax:       202-328-0063

By mail:    NVLSP
                  ATTN: LSW BVA
                  1600 K Street NW, Suite 500
                  Washington, DC 20006-2833

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