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NVLSP Dismayed Over GAO Report on VA Disability Exams and the Need for Improved Performance Analysis

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) executive director and co-founder Bart Stichman was dismayed at the findings of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report on disability exams conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the need for performance analysis and training oversight for Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) contractors. [more]

Released 11/16/18 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

NVLSP Raised Over $600,000 to Support Pro Bono Advocacy for Veterans & Their Families

-Sets Record in Fundraising and Attendance-

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) raised over $600,000 at its Tenth Annual Benefit Reception on November 8. Themed “Honoring Women Veterans – Leading from the Front,” the annual benefit raised resources that will enable NVLSP’s team of legal experts to assist our nation’s veterans and service members. The reception and one-hour program provided an opportunity to honor those who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of our veterans and their families. [more]

Released 11/13/18 | Tags: Supporters

Veteran, Author Kayla Williams Announced As Master of Ceremonies for Tenth Annual Benefit Reception

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) today announced Kayla M. Williams as master of ceremonies of its Tenth Annual Benefit Reception, “Honoring Women Veterans - Leading from The Front,” on November 8 at The Mayflower Hotel. Williams, a former U.S. Army Sergeant, is a nationally recognized military and women veterans advocate, as well as accomplished author. [more]

Released 11/2/18 | Tags:

The 8-Year Battle Continues: NVLSP Again Sues VA Over Continued Refusal To Comply With 2010 Statute

Latest salvo is a class action, in ongoing 8-year battle to get VA to comply with the law

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) filed a class action lawsuit today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) against the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie. The suit, filed with the pro-bono assistance of Sidley Austin LLP, is the latest chapter in an 8-year saga to get the VA to honor its obligations to reimburse veterans for emergency medical expenses incurred at non-VA facilities. [more]

Released 10/30/18 | Tags: Class Actions, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Supporters, Veteran's Benefits

NVLSP is Growing - New Staff in Litigation, Training and Communications-

- New Staff in Litigation, Training and Communications-

National Veterans Legal Services Program’s (NVLSP) announced six new additions to staff in litigation, training and communications. “We are thrilled to continue to grow our organization and welcome outstanding new staff to our exceptional team,” said Bart Stichman, executive director of NVLSP. “Our growth allows us advance the mission of NVLSP to help veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve.” [more]

Released 10/29/18 | Tags:

NVLSP Celebrates Third Annual Row for Warriors

Achieves New High in Participation

National Veterans Legal Services Program’s (NVLSP) Row for Warriors 2018, a competitive Dragon Boat rowing event, achieved a new high in participation with approximately 130 volunteers. “We are delighted with the enthusiasm and generosity that our supporters demonstrated this year, “said Bart Stichman, executive director of NVLSP. “It is gratifying to see Row for Warriors grow every year. This event will go a long way to help build awareness of NVLSP and the work we do to help veterans secure the benefits they are due.” [more]

Released 9/6/18 | Tags: Supporters

Tips for the 130,000 Injured Veterans Seeking Refunds for Wrongly Taxed Severance Pay

Expert Attorneys are Actively Preparing Additional Advice to Help Veterans Claim Their Refunds

More than 130,000 combat-injured veterans had their lump sum severance pay improperly taxed by the government due to a computer glitch when they left the military from 1991-2016. On July 9, 2018, the Department of Defense began mailing letters to notify affected veterans, and on July 11, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance to assist veterans. NVLSP will be issuing advice in a few weeks to help veterans. [more]

Released 7/16/18 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

NVLSP Lawyers Serving Warriors® Newsletter - May 2018

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is introducing the Lawyers Serving Warriors® Newsletter to recognize the pro bono partners who have contributed their time and effort to help service members and veterans. The newsletter expresses NVLSP’s sincere appreciation for the legal work provided by attorneys nationwide to enable service members and veterans to obtain the benefits they deserve. This initial edition will highlight some of the victories obtained in 2017. The Lawyers Serving Warriors Newsletter will also thank attorney volunteers who accepted Lawyers Serving Warriors (LSW) cases and projects. [more]

Released 5/11/18 | Tags:

NVLSP COURT VICTORY FOR VETERANS: VA CAN NOW AWARD BENEFITS FOR DISABLING PAIN

NVLSP and Its Private Law Firm Partner Persuade the Federal Circuit to Overturn 19-Year Precedent

In a sweeping legal victory for veterans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year lower court precedent which prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from awarding disability benefits to a veteran for disabling pain if it was not linked to a medical diagnosis. “What this ruling means is that if a physician cannot diagnose the cause of the pain the veteran is experiencing, but the pain is related to an event, injury, or disease that occurred during the veteran’s military service, the veteran should now win disability benefits,” said Bart Stichman, executive director and co-founder of NVLSP and one of the attorneys who represented the veteran in the case. [more]

Released 4/4/18 | Tags: Class Actions

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