Faculty Notes

Prof. Blair Thompson Co-Signs Letter to the VA Asking for Additional Help for Veterans Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

On March 22, Professor Blair Thompson, alongside other veterans’ advocates, signed on to a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie asking the VA to do more for veterans during the COVID-19 outbreak.  In short, the letter asks the VA to do the following:

1. Suspend Deadlines on VA Benefit Claims Until At Least 60 Days After Termination of the National Emergency
2. Urgently Expedite Decisions on Claims and Benefits Involving Financial Hardship
3. Change All In-Person VA Compensation & Pension Disability Examinations to Telehealth or Audio Examinations
4. Extend Access to Housing Subsidies for Student Veterans Until At Least 60 Days After the Termination of the National Emergency
5. Stop Debt Collection Activity Until At Least 60 Days After Termination of the National Emergency
6. Provide Free Access to VA Healthcare for All Veterans, Regardless of Discharge Status, Experiencing Symptoms Consistent with COVID-19

An op-ed, written by attorneys for NYLAG, discusses the letter and the issues at hand in greater detail.  A PDF version of the letter is available through the NYLAG website.

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