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NVLSP, Swords to Plowshares VA Secretary Letter on Character of Discharge Regulations

The National Veterans Legal Services Program and Swords to Plowshares on Feb. 10, 2021 sent a letter to VA Secretary McDonough requesting expanded care to veterans with less than honorable discharges. The letter was signed by more than 20 attorneys, advocates and law professors. Specifically, NVLSP and Swords to Plowshares request that in the first 100 days as VA Secretary the final Character of Discharge (COD) regulations be issued that better accord with VA’s governing law and VA’s purpose of serving our nation’s veterans. [more]

Released 2/10/21 | Tags:

NVLSP Class Action Challenges VA Refusal to Provide Over 1 Million Veterans Paper Application Forms

On Feb. 9, 2021, the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), together with pro bono counsel Covington & Burling LLP, filed a class action lawsuit in the U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of failing to comply with its legal obligation to mail the official VA paper application forms that must be used to start a benefits claim to veterans and survivors who inform VA that they wish to apply for benefits. The lawsuit asserts that ever since 2015, when VA began to require use of an official VA form to start a benefits claim, the VA has been mailing those who want to file a claim a template letter informing them where to find the official forms on the VA’s website, without enclosing a paper copy of the forms in the envelope. As a result, NVLSP asserts that the VA failed to mail forms to more than one million veterans and their survivors. [more]

Released 2/9/21 | Tags:

NVLSP Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Navy’s “Properly Referred Policy”

Estimated 10,000 Navy and Marine Corps Veterans Wrongfully Denied Military Disability Retirement

NVLSP Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Navy’s “Properly Referred Policy” -Estimated 10,000 Navy and Marine Corps Veterans Wrongfully Denied Military Disability Retirement- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2021 WASHINGTON—On February 2, 2021, the National Veterans … [more]

Released 2/2/21 | Tags:

NVLSP Announces Three New Members Elected to Board of Directors

NVLSP Announces Three New Members Elected to Board of Directors FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 22, 2021 WASHINGTON—The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is pleased to announce that three prominent attorneys have been elected to join NVLSP’s Board of Directors to help advance … [more]

Released 1/22/21 | Tags:

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