ADVA Announces Partnership with National Veterans Legal Services Program
On September 16, the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) announced a historic new partnership with the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) to establish unparalleled free access to legal representation for Alabama veterans and their families appealed to the United States Court. Veterans Affairs Claims Appeals (VACC).
“The partnership between ADVA and NVLSP is a win-win for the State of Alabama and for Alabama veterans,” said ADVA Commissioner Kent Davis. “Alabama veterans will now have access to an exceptional national legal team who will advocate for their rights at the highest legal levels, to ensure fairness in the area of disability benefits. In addition, ADVA will capitalize on the access to the extensive portfolio of training and professional development that NVLSP offers its staff of veteran attorneys.This training will be invaluable as ADVA teams continue to serve Alabama’s veterans, now and in the future.
NVLSP is a national, nonprofit organization that works to ensure the government provides the United States’ 22 million veterans and active duty personnel with the benefits to which they are entitled due to disabilities resulting from their military service in our country.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and welcome the opportunity to capitalize on our shared expertise to help Alabama veterans and their families receive the benefits to which they are entitled. “said NVLSP Executive Director Paul Wright.
For your information, when disability claims are denied by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans have the right to appeal to the CAVC. Through this partnership, the NVLSP will provide free legal representation in support of appeal cases. This process begins when the NVLSP reviews a case in which a veteran’s appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), the highest authority within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is denied and determines that there is grounds for appeal to the CAVC. When this happens, the NVLSP offers to represent the veteran or their family free of charge. This strategic partnership between ADVA and NVLSP marks the first time this free legal service has been available to veterans in Alabama.
In addition to NVLSP assisting veterans with claims appeals, NVLSP will also assist Alabama veterans with exit upgrades, which will help veterans access benefits that may be available to them. wrongly refused due to a less than honorable exit.
To learn more about NVLSP, visit www.nvlsp.org.