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NVLSP Welcomes Jason Davidson 2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Celebrates Equal Justice Works Trio

Released 9/5/23 | Tags: Staff, Veteran's Benefits

NVLSP Welcomes Jason Davidson 2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow,
Celebrates Trio of Equal Justice Works Fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2023

ARLINGTON, VA —The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is pleased to welcome Jason Davidson as a 2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow.  Equal Justice Works (Equal Justice Works) and its fellows provide critical support to legal aid organizations on the front lines of increasing access to justice and is a leading nonprofit in training the next generation of public interest lawyers. The fellows will spend the next two years on projects of their own design to advance equal justice.  

Jason Davidson served for over fourteen years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an infantry paratrooper before pursuing a legal career. He was drawn to serve his fellow veterans through advocacy as a result of traumatic injuries he sustained in service. He will provide legal and policy advocacy as well as a nationwide outreach campaign to assist combat veterans in obtaining and overturning improper denials of Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) benefits. Jason’s fellowship is sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP.

Jason Davidson joins NVLSP’s two other 2022 Equal Justice Fellows Matthew Handley and Zach Outzen.

Matthew Handley is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. Through his fellowship with NVLSP, Matthew has worked to organize a coordinated campaign of investigation, litigation, and advocacy to compel the military to stop wrongfully denying medical retirement benefits to qualifying veterans. Matthew’s fellowship is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Zach Outzen is a family member to six Army veterans and a graduate of William & Mary School of Law. Zach’s fellowship involves training attorneys and connecting their pro bono services to veterans who have been traumatically injured and denied Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) benefits. He works to expand access to TSGLI benefits through advocacy and community outreach. Zach’s fellowship is sponsored by the Lavan-Harris Charitable Fund.

“We are delighted to have Jason Davidson, Matthew Handley and Zach Outzen on the NVLSP team to do important work to help veterans secure the benefits which they are owed. We are thrilled to be hosting them as they undertake ambitious projects as Equal Justice Works Fellows,” said Rochelle Bobroff, director of NVLSP's Pro Bono Program Lawyers Serving Warriors®.

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 $5.4 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:
For NVLSP: Patty Briotta, office 202-621-5698, patty@nvlsp.org

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