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NVLSP Files Challenge To Rule Preventing Payment of Retroactive Benefits to Blue Water Navy Veterans

On March 19, 2019, The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), together with Phillip Boyd Haisley, a “Blue Water Navy Veteran,” who served in the territorial waters of the Republic of Vietnam, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit challenging the legality of a rule recently issued by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie that significantly limits when past VA benefit denials can be overturned due to “clear and unmistakable error.” [more]

Released 3/25/19 | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

Court Certifies Class Action in NVLSP Lawsuit on Behalf of 3,600 Veterans Illegally Denied Full CRSC

On February 11, 2019, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas granted class certification in a lawsuit filed by the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) on behalf of Mr. Simon Soto and approximately 3,600 Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force vets who were granted Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) but denied the full amount of retroactive CRSC because the military illegally imposed a 6-year ceiling on the amount it would pay in retroactive CRSC. [more]

Released 2/25/19 | Tags:

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NVLSP and Swords to Plowshares Fight for Access to VA Services for Vets with “Bad Paper” Discharges

Released 3/7/19 | Tags: Discharge Upgrades

The National Veterans Legal Services Program and Swords to Plowshares are fighting for access to VA services for veterans with "bad paper" discharges. The information below details the problem and the solution that we are proposing. Swords to Plowshares and NVLSP with the assistance of the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Service Center of Harvard Law School and Latham & Watkins LLP submitted a formal request to the VA to correct the problem. In addition, NVLSP and Swords to Plowshares have also produced a detailed report on the subject, “Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper.” [more]

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