Justice for Warriors Newsletter
NVLSP Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Government for Shortchanging Veterans on Combat-Related Benefits
NVLSP filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of combat-disabled veterans who were shortchanged on their disability benefits by an unlawful and nationwide government policy. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas with pro-bono legal assistance from Sidley Austin LLP.
The litigation affects combat-injured veterans who were denied their full retroactive payments for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) because the government wrongfully capped their retroactive payments to six years. More than 85,000 veterans receive CRSC annually. The lawyers believe thousands have already been shortchanged and the total number of veterans harmed by the illegal cap increases every month.
The lead plaintiff is Simon Soto of Brownsville, Texas. Soto is a retired Marine Corps Corporal who was wrongfully denied his full CRSC benefits retroactively in October 2016 when the Navy applied a six-year retroactive payment cap, which deprived him of a portion of the retroactive CRSC payment to which he was entitled by law. Mr. Soto seeks to represent all Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard veterans impacted. Affected veterans may have served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq or Afghanistan. Read more about the lawsuit.