HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With military
conflicts now raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, an increasing number of
veterans are returning home with serious and disabling injuries. Many of
these veterans have lost limbs or suffered the devastating effects of
traumatic brain injuries. Under current federal law, these veterans are
entitled to veterans benefits for the injuries they receive.
Unfortunately, many of these veterans are frustrated in their legal
attempts to obtain compensation. Veterans who are denied benefits by the US
Department of Veteran Affairs can appeal to the US Court of Appeals for
Veteran Claims. More than 70% of disabled veterans who file appeals to this
court do so without the benefit of legal representation. Unrepresented
veterans are at a significant disadvantage in litigating against the
General Counsel's office, which represents the VA in all court proceedings.
The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association is now stepping up to help
these Connecticut veterans. The trial attorneys will be contributing their
time and effort to assist disabled veterans of the current conflict in
filing the complicated forms and paperwork necessary to succeed in the
Acting in conjunction with the Veteran's Consortium Pro Bono Program, a
project created by the combination of four national veteran service
organizations, the first Connecticut trial attorney has recently completed
the necessary training. Attorney Matthew E. Auger, of the New London firm
of Suisman, Shapiro, Wool, Brennan, Gray & Greenberg, PC, not only has an
active personal injury practice in New London, but also serves as a Captain
in the US Naval Reserves. Attorney Auger will in turn train other
Connecticut trial attorneys to assist with the appellate process.
All of the work performed by these Connecticut trial attorneys will be
done on a "pro bono" basis, which means the attorneys are volunteering
their time to assist these veterans.
Veterans of the current conflict who seek representation for their
injuries before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, can obtain
further information by contacting the Connecticut Trial Lawyers
Association, 100 Wells Street, Hartford, CT 06103; +1-860-522-4345 or by
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific information concerning the
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program and how to apply for representation
can be found at their website http://www.vetsprobono.org.
SOURCE Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association