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National Veterans Legal Services Program Welcomes Paul Wright As Deputy Executive Director

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-January 31,2019

The National Veterans Legal Services Program today announced the addition of Paul Wright as Deputy Executive Director, a new position for the organization.

“Paul possesses an impressive combination of organizational, legal, nonprofit and military experience that will be extremely valuable as NVLSP continues to grow. His strategic acumen will help drive NVLSP to new heights in advancing our mission to ensure veterans receive the benefits they have nobly earned in military service,” said Bart Stichman, Executive Director of NVLSP.

In his new role, Mr. Wright will serve as second-in-command of NVLSP. He will manage all aspects of NVLSP’s operations and establish policies and procedures that promote NVLSP’s culture and mission.

Mr. Wright brings to NVLSP more than 20 years’ experience as in-house legal counsel as well as operational and financial expertise. Most recently, Wright served as general counsel, compliance officer and director of contracts & legal at IMPAQ International.   Prior to that, Wright was interim chief executive officer, vice president of operations and chief financial officer at Berkley Policy Associates. During his tenure at both organizations, he propelled major business expansions and annual increases in value.

Mr. Wright began his military career enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He subsequently became a cadet in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and went on to serve as Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army.  He led, trained and managed over 50 attorneys and paralegals. He advised senior military and civilian personnel on a spectrum of issues including tax, criminal, family, immigration, claims, consumer and international law. He also provided legal support to 20,000 soldiers and civilian Department of Defense personnel in the Republic of Korea. He served with distinction and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Outstanding Performance as tax center officer in charge and the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding performance as a legal assistance attorney.

Wright is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.) and University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.).  He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. 

About NVLSP
The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is an independent, nonprofit veterans’ service organization that has served active duty military personnel and veterans since 1981. NVLSP strives to ensure that our nation honors its commitment to its 22 million veterans and active duty personnel by ensuring they have the benefits they have earned through their service to our country. NVLSP has represented veterans in lawsuits that compelled enforcement of the law where the VA or other military services denied benefits to veterans in violation of the law.  NVLSP’s success in these lawsuits has resulted in more than $5.2 billion dollars being awarded in disability, death and medical benefits to hundreds of thousands of veterans and their survivors. NVLSP offers training for attorneys and other advocates; connects veterans and active duty personnel with pro bono legal help when seeking disability benefits; publishes the nation's definitive guide on veteran benefits; and represents and litigates for veterans and their families before the VA, military discharge review agencies and federal courts. For more information go to www.nvlsp.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Patty Briotta, (202) 621-5698, patty@nvlsp.org

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