NVLSP Press Releases
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 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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NVLSP News Articles
Released 4/30/18 at News Press | Tags: Veteran's Benefits
Nicole Cogswell’s dreams unraveled three years ago in a sick hall in Fort Lee, Virginia. You’re done, she recalled an Army doctor telling her. Her military career was over. She should be discharged. [more]
Released 4/27/18 at Post Military Professional | Tags: Veteran's Benefits
Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year precedent that denied disability claims for pain without connection to a specific medical diagnosis or event. Veteran advocates estimate that over 11,000 disability claims have been denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which asserted “pain alone is not a disability for the purpose of VA disability compensation.” [more]
Released 4/25/18 at Herald-Mail | Tags: Veteran's Benefits
Rochelle Bobroff of the National Veterans Legal Service Program says much has changed in recent years concerning benefits for military veterans. The program offers free legal help for veterans seeking discharge upgrades, applications for military medical retirement, benefit appeals and other services. [more]
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