Connecticut Veterans Legal Center applauds National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) and Swords to Plowshares for suing VA to correct its antiquated and harmful rules that bar veterans with mental illness and who face discrimination from service from VA benefits. As an organization, and alongside our partners the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress, we have twice commented on this rule urging VA to make changes to expand healthcare and benefit access to veterans with less than honorable discharges.
Read our original comment, submitted September 8, 2020 here (opens as pdf in new tab)
Read our response to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Request for Information, submitted Oct 21, 2021 (opens as pdf in new tab)
Our clients, pro bono attorneys, and staff have given up their time to tell VA directly how VA rules are unfair to veterans. Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs has waited far too long to implement these necessary changes in order to do what the agency was created to do–provide healthcare to veterans who have served. We are grateful for NVLSP and Swords to Plowshares continued leadership to push these important changes forward.