Veterans Legal Clinic helps vet get substantial monetary increase from VA

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Veterans Legal Clinic has successfully helped a veteran obtain benefits from the Veterans Administration for post-traumatic stress disorder caused by several incidents of sexual assault during his time in service. The condition had severely affected the veteran’s life since discharge in 1991. The VA denied his claim in 2014, and he had awaited a decision on his appeal since then. Four teams of law students, working with clinic director Alex Scherr over five semesters, prepared the evidence and argument that persuaded the Board of Veterans Appeals to grant his claim. The victory gave the veteran a retroactive award of at least $105,000 and new, ongoing monthly compensation of over $1,500 per month.