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National Veterans Legal Services Program, Inc.


Providing free legal services to help military veterans/families secure disability benefits to which they are entitled from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Armed Forces. Recruit/train/mentor volunteer lawyers to handle disability cases.

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Success Story

Staff Sergeant Alvin Sperling was shot in the leg by German troops in France in July 1944. He was captured and taken prisoner by German forces, put into a wheelbarrow, and then was thrown into the back of a truck and taken to a German prisoner of war camp. He was liberated when Allied forces captured the town of Rennes where he was imprisoned. He was then flown to Britain, and later to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC., where he spent the next few years recovering from his wounds.

As a result of his service connected neurological disabilities this 92 year old WWII veteran has lost the use of his feet and hands. Sergeant Sperling is now confined to a wheelchair and he depends on assistance from others for his essential care including feeding, bathing, transportation, and medical needs.

Mr. Sperling's family asked NVLSP if there was anything more the VA should be doing for this war hero. NVLSP attorneys evaluated Mr. Sperling's situation, noted that the VA had linked his disabilities to his WWII service but NVLSP determined that the veteran was being underpaid by close to $50,000 per year.

NVLSP attorneys helped the veteran file a new claim for increased benefits. Shortly after the complete claim was filed, the VA regional office awarded this former POW the highest level of VA benefits.