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Lawyers Organizing and Training to assist disabled Veterans in applying for Benefits

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An article from the National Law Journal notes a surge in lawyers doing pro bono work assisting disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in obtaining benefits from the Veterans administration.

Veterans who had some kind of representation got $6,225 more annually, on average, than those who didn’t, according to a 2005 Veterans Affairs Inspector General report. That principle held true in the first case resolved by the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law clinic, begun this month. The clinic helped a Vietnam War veteran increase his monthly disability compensation to $2,600 from $350 by helping him apply for a benefit related to his inability to work, said professor Joon Sung.

National Law Journal: Law Firms Massing to Help War Vets

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2 Responses

  1. Sean John says:

    Great Post. It would be great if UH could do something like this, but I know it takes a lot of work. Thanks for bringing this up.

  2. Anthony Gibbs says:

    Greetings, I am a 60% disabled vet who has been battling the VA for over a decade. I am blind in my left eye from traumatic glaucoma/cataract and was recently diagnosed with angle recession and a cataract in my right eye. Both injuries occurred during my boxing career, while serving in the US Army. I also have a service connected cervical spine injury, rated at 20%. This condition has gotten worse to the point of preventing me from driving and doing everyday life chores.

    If you can help me please feel free to return my email. Thank you and God bless.

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