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In Response to NVLSP’s Class Action Lawsuit, VA Admits It Misled Tens of Thousands of Veterans

In response to the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) class action lawsuit, Wolfe and Boerschinger v. Wilkie, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) admitted that it misled tens of thousands of veterans who had applied for reimbursement of the emergency –care expenses they incurred at non-VA facilities. [more]

Released 4/1/19 | Tags: Class Actions, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits

NVLSP Applauds VA Secretary Wilkie’s Recommendation to Not Appeal Procopio Decision

-Decision Requires VA to Presume All Who Served in Territorial Waters Offshore Vietnam Had Agent Orange Exposure -

As the country commemorates Vietnam War Veterans and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) applauded the announcement by Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie to recommend not to appeal the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Procopio v. Wilkie. That decision extends the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to all veterans who served in the territorial waters offshore the Republic of Vietnam. This announcement was made on March 26 in a hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Secretary Wilkie cautioned that other federal officials may not accept his recommendation, but his determination not to appeal will surely have an impact. [more]

Released 3/29/19 | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

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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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