NVLSP Press Releases
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
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
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NVLSP News Articles
Released 6/18/19 at Veterans News Report | Tags: Board of Veterans' Appeals, Class Actions, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits
On June 13, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) certified its first class action. The case, styled Godsey v. Wilkie, was a petition for extraordinary relief brought by Covington & Burling LLP and the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). [more]
Released 6/18/19 at Connecting Vets | Tags: Board of Veterans' Appeals, Class Actions, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits
A lawsuit seeking relief for veterans facing long wait times for disability benefits appeals was allowed to move ahead, a federal court ruled. It’s the first time a class-action lawsuit against the VA has been allowed by the court. [more]
Released 6/18/19 at Military Times | Tags: Board of Veterans' Appeals, Class Actions, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits
A federal court for the first time will allow a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs to move ahead, a move that legal experts said opens the doors for a host of similar cases against the bureaucracy. [more]
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