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About the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)

As the voice of veterans' rights for over 40 years, the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) works to ensure that the U.S. government keeps its pact with our nation's 18 million veterans. NVLSP is an independent nonprofit veterans service organization that has assisted veterans and their advocates since 1981.

As a conduit for change against unfair government practices, NVLSP has been instrumental in the passage of landmark veterans' rights legislation. Lawsuits brought by NVLSP attorneys have forced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to veterans and their families.

NVLSP recruits, trains, and assists thousands of volunteer lawyers and veterans' advocates. Our publications empower veterans, their families, and their advocates to obtain the benefits they're entitled to by clearly outlining their rights under the law.

In 2008, NVLSP launched the Lawyers Serving Warriors® program, offering pro-bono legal help to veterans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan facing administrative separation, going through a mental evaluation board or physical evaluation board, received an inappropriate discharge characterization, filed a claim with the VA for disability compensation, or having difficulty with a claim under Traumatic Servicemembers Life Insurance.

Among NVLSP's accomplishments:

Key NVLSP Spokespersons

Barton F. Stichman
Co-founder and Special Counsel, National Veterans Legal Services Program

Helping veterans and their families receive the federal veterans benefits that they need and deserve has been the focus of Barton F. Stichman’s entire legal career.  He helped found NVLSP and has been its co-director or executive director for most of the organization’s existence.

Over the last forty years, his efforts as lead counsel in federal court litigation have forced the VA to pay over $100 million dollars in retroactive disability and death benefits to thousands of veterans and their families. His work has compelled military departments to pay more than $3 million in back pay and upgrade the less than honorable discharges issued to over 7,000 veterans.

Stichman helped organize the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, served as its initial director of Outreach and Education, and is the primary designer of the training curriculum used by this program since 1992.

He co-authored The Rights of Military Personnel and NVLSP’s Military Discharge Upgrade Manual and has written articles on veterans law appearing in the Administrative Law Review, the American University Law Review, the Federal Bar News and Journal, Clearinghouse Review, and the Legal Times. He served in 2004 as President of the Court of Appeals for the Veterans Claims Bar Association. He has served as chair and co-chair of the Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association.

He earned law degrees from New York University School of Law (J.D. 1974) and Georgetown University Law Center (L.L.M. 1975).

Renee Burbank 
Director of Litigation, National Veterans Legal Services Program

Ms. Burbank supervises all individual lawsuits brought by NVLSP in U.S. district courts, Article III courts of appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, as well as all of NVLSP’s class actions and other strategic litigation.

Before joining NVLSP, Ms. Burbank co-taught Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services clinic as a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow. During her tenure at Yale, Ms. Burbank supervised advocacy on behalf of veterans and veterans’ organizations at all levels of administrative and judicial review as well as class actions and impact litigation. Prior to that, Ms. Burbank worked for nearly eight years as a litigator at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked on complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.  Ms. Burbank’s work earned her several accolades including a Civil Division Special Commendation Award.

Ms. Burbank is a graduate of the University of Chicago (A. B., with honors) and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude), and clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She has written scholarly work on a variety of topics, including veterans law, disability rights, voting rights, and illegal exactions.  She is an active member in good standing of the Connecticut and North Carolina State Bars, and a VA-accredited attorney. She is admitted to practice before several federal courts, including the Federal Circuit,  Court of Federal Claims and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


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