George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

M-VETS Prevails at Board of Veterans’ Appeals Hearing Increasing Veteran’s Disability Rating and Securing New Benefits for an Additional Service-Connected Condition

(Pictured: M-VETS Student Advisors, Doug Boyle, Olivia Sznaza) A 2016 claim for Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits was finally granted at the 40% payment rate after nearly six years of litigation with the DVA.  M-VETS successfully argued at a personal appearance hearing before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) for its client to receive … Continue reading “M-VETS Prevails at Board of Veterans’ Appeals Hearing Increasing Veteran’s Disability Rating and Securing New Benefits for an Additional Service-Connected Condition”

M-VETS Finalizes Adoption for an Active Duty Air Force Couple

The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) assisted an active duty Air Force servicemember formalize her wife’s parental rights through an adoption. Though the servicemember’s wife was listed on the child’s birth certificate, the servicemember, who was the child’s birth mother, feared that her wife could lose parental rights in certain states should same-sex … Continue reading “M-VETS Finalizes Adoption for an Active Duty Air Force Couple”

M-VETS Visits the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

(Pictured L to R: SA Olivia Sznaza, Clerk of the Court, Malcolm Squires, Jr., Director Timothy MacArthur, SA Liz Faris, Deputy Director Leigh Winstead, SA Greg Pelletier, Adjunct Professor Chapman Good). The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) visited the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (“CAAF”) in Washington, D.C. on … Continue reading “M-VETS Visits the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces”

M-VETS Increases Veteran’s Monthly Disability Payments by 70%!

(Pictured:  M-VETS Student Advisor, Greg Pelletier) The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) successfully increased a veteran’s Department of Veterans Affairs (“DVA”) overall disability rating from 10% to 80%, resulting in an increase of the veteran’s monthly compensation payments from $152 to $2,035. These payments should continue for the rest of the veteran’s life. … Continue reading “M-VETS Increases Veteran’s Monthly Disability Payments by 70%!”

M-VETS Secures $123,000.00 in DVA Disability Compensation for Vietnam Veteran

The Antonin Scalia Law School Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) secured $123,000.00 in Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) disability compensation for a veteran due to his service in Vietnam.  M-VETS argued in a brief before the DVA that the veteran was entitled to service-connection and disability payments for a condition presumptively caused by … Continue reading “M-VETS Secures $123,000.00 in DVA Disability Compensation for Vietnam Veteran”

M-VETS Finalizes Adoption of Army Veteran’s Granddaughter

(Pictured: Student-Advisor Doug Boyle) The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) assisted an Army Veteran and his wife in adopting their teenaged granddaughter who has lived with them for more than twelve years. In 2009, the Veteran’s wife was granted legal custody of their granddaughter. When the granddaughter’s biological mother moved out-of-state, the Veteran … Continue reading “M-VETS Finalizes Adoption of Army Veteran’s Granddaughter”

M-VETS Secures Honorable Discharge for Navy Veteran

The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) successfully argued before the Navy Discharge Review Board for a Navy veteran to receive a fully Honorable conditions discharge, change in the narrative reason for separation, and an upgrade to his Reenlistment Code.  Filed in 2021, the M-VETS’s request was recently approved by the Navy Discharge Review … Continue reading “M-VETS Secures Honorable Discharge for Navy Veteran”

Amazon Donates $25,000 to M-VETS Capital Campaign to Expand Pro Bono Legal Services

With its arrival in Arlington, Amazon has established itself as a significant community partner and continued to strengthen those ties this month by making a donation to the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.  The funding will help support a third attorney position, greatly expanding … Continue reading “Amazon Donates $25,000 to M-VETS Capital Campaign to Expand Pro Bono Legal Services”

M-VETS Supports NSI/MINSLA Open House

(Pictured: Zach Kobokovich, Chapman Good) The Antonin Scalia Law School Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) supported the NSI/MINSLA Open House Event on 21 October 2021. Student-advisors Zach Kobokovich, Chapman Good, and John Madigan II represented the M-VETS clinic by proving information about the legal services offered by M-VETS and their experiences in the … Continue reading “M-VETS Supports NSI/MINSLA Open House”

M-VETS Secures Disability Compensation for a Retired U.S. Air Force Veteran due to Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam

(M-VETS Student-Advisors Megan Huppee (left) and Samantha Lewis (right)) The Antonin Scalia Law School Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) secured Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) disability compensation for a retired U.S. Air Force veteran for his service in Vietnam.  M-VETS argued in a brief before the DVA that the veteran was entitled to … Continue reading “M-VETS Secures Disability Compensation for a Retired U.S. Air Force Veteran due to Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam”