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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: Discharge Upgrades, Veteran's Benefits

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NVLSP and Swords to Plowshares Fight for Access to VA Services for Vets with “Bad Paper” Discharges

Released 3/7/19 | Tags: Discharge Upgrades

The National Veterans Legal Services Program and Swords to Plowshares are fighting for access to VA services for veterans with "bad paper" discharges. The information below details the problem and the solution that we are proposing. Swords to Plowshares and NVLSP with the assistance of the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Service Center of Harvard Law School and Latham & Watkins LLP submitted a formal request to the VA to correct the problem. In addition, NVLSP and Swords to Plowshares have also produced a detailed report on the subject, “Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper.” [more]

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