2019 Annual Report

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Our Mission Statement We believe that our veterans ~ our nations defenders ~ deserve the care, benefits, and compensation they were promised, and the best legal services, free of charge, to meet their challenges.




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ABOUT THE VETERANS CONSORTIUM For more than 27 years, TVC has been providing the best legal services in federal venues to veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors. With the help of our dedicated staff, we have handled more than 50,000 legal requests from veterans and their loved ones, trained over 4,700 attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments across the country, and helped law schools establish and sustain veterans law programs or legal clinics. Our TVC National Volunteer Corps and Mission Partners have helped us succeed in 80% of our federal cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court, where our volunteers have achieved two unanimous decisions for veterans. These achievements translate into over $115 million in pro bono legal services provided on behalf of Veterans in need, and more than twice that in the lifetime value of care, benefits, and disability compensation.


TVC operates the Federal Pro Bono Program for Veterans—created by Congress in 1992—on behalf of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, through a competitively-awarded LSC grant. As the leading national 501(c) (3) charity providing legal services in federal venues for veterans in need, we provide legal counsel free of charge from our TVC National Volunteer Corps of more than 4,700 attorneys, paralegals, and related pro bono professionals. We recruit volunteer attorneys and provide them specialized training, mentors, case materials, and other focused resources to enable and enhance their success. Concurrently, our staff conducts outreach to eligible veterans, diligently screens their cases to identify those with an issue of merit, and carefully matches them with one of our pro bono attorneys best suited to win each case. The Veterans Consortium was founded in 1992 and has operated continuously since.


CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE After seven years on the Executive Board, it was my honor to take up the mantle as Chairman of The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (TVC) in 2019. As a service-connected disabled veteran myself, I understand the challenges that veterans may face after transitioning from military service. I have been involved with veteran legal issues for many years, including as a TVC volunteer, representing veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This has been a year of transition for TVC, as we bid farewell to our Chairwoman of 10 years. During Mary Ann Gilleece’s tenure, TVC achieved substantial growth in its national Veterans Pro Bono Program cases before the CAVC. There have also been new opportunities for our TVC National Volunteer Corps to serve veterans and their loved ones with both our legal clinics at the DC VA Medical Center and our Discharge Upgrade Program, which is generously funded by our mission partners, Disabled American Veterans. Mary Ann has been a strong leader and staunch advocate for the veterans we serve and leaves TVC in a solid position for future growth. We sincerely thank her for her commitment and leadership and are grateful that she will remain as a valued mentor in her role as Chairwoman Emeritus. We also bid farewell to Ed Glabus in March. Ed served as our Executive Director for four years and it was my personal pleasure to work with him on our shared mission. On behalf of the Executive Board, we sincerely thank him for his leadership and achievements during his tenure. Jim Carlsen stepped in as Managing Director during the transition. Jim began his tenure as a Senior Fellow in our TVC National Volunteer Corps, and then joined our staff as Director of Program Operations. He was the right person to lead the team during the transition and we thank him for his willingness to temporarily step into the role. I joined the Board as a Director in 2012, after taking on TVC cases as a volunteer. I worked with former TVC Chairman Jeffrey Stonerock, a great mentor at my former law firm. Through my work with Jeff and Mary Ann, TVC’s mission became my own and I am grateful for their service to our veterans and their stewardship of the program. As Chairman, I look forward to working with the dedicated TVC staff as we move into the next chapter of our critical mission to ensure our veterans receive quality legal services to help them secure the benefits that they deserve. I want to thank the dedicated members of our TVC National Volunteer Corps, as well as our mentors, who come from large and small law firms, solo practitioners, and even law school clinics. Our volunteers faithfully represent our clients and obtain excellent outcomes. Together, we continue our mission and honor our commitment to the veterans we serve by providing them with the best legal services, free of charge. I’d also like to thank our generous sponsors and supporters whose financial contributions allow us to extend our outreach and services to address the growing needs of veterans, their loved ones, caregivers, and survivors. Your contributions are crucial to our success and we greatly value your partnerships. As we look forward to the coming year, we know there is much work yet to be done. But we are more than ready to meet the ever-growing demand for our services. It is an honor and a privilege to work with all of you and to serve this fine organization and America’s veterans.

William S. Foster, Jr., Esq. Executive Board Chairman The Veterans Consortium ANNUAL REPORT 2019 | THE VETERANS CONSORTIUM


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William S. Foster, Jr., Esq.

Mary Ann Gilleece, Esq.

Gary M. Butter, Esq.

Chairman (as of 10/2019) (Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP)

Chairwoman Emeritus (as of 10/2019) (The Private Bar)

Vice Chairman (Google Inc.)

Leonard J. Selfon, Esq., CAE

Roy E. Spicer

Chanin Nuntavong

Secretary & Director (Paralyzed Veterans of America)

Director (Disabled American Veterans)

Director (The American Legion)

Barton F. Stichman, Esq.

William W. Levi, CPA, CGMA

Director (National Veterans Legal Services Program)

Treasurer (W. Levi and Associates)



2019 TVC Volunteer & Mission Partner Appreciation Reception Our TVC Volunteer & Mission Partner Reception was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. We gathered on Capitol Hill during National Volunteer Week for an inspiring evening recognizing volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty serving veterans.

Pictured L to R: Ed Glabus (TVC Executive Director), U.S. Representative Debbie WassermanSchultz (D-FL), Chief Judge Robert N. Davis ( U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims), Mary Ann Gilleece (TVC Executive Board Chairwoman)



Pictured L to R: Rick Spataro (National Veterans Legal Services Program), U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Mary Ann Gilleece (TVC), Jon Hollis (Loeb & Loeb LLP), Courtney Smith (TVC Outreach & Education Director), Judy Donegan (TVC Litigation & Case Placement Director)

Pictured L to R: Jim Carlsen (TVC Managing Director), Ed Glabus (TVC)

Pictured L to R: Chief Judge Robert N. Davis (U.S. CAVC), Ed Glabus (TVC)

Pictured L to R: Mary Ann Gilleece (TVC), Kelly Cournoyer (George Washington University Law School), Courtney Lutz (George Washington University Law School), Danica Gonzalves (TVC Discharge Upgrade Program Manager)



2019 TVC Pro Bono Mission Partner Reception Sponsors CHAMPION Greenberg Traurig LLP

HERO Quarles & Brady LLP

FREEDOM Baker Botts LLP Schiff Hardin LLP

PATRIOT Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

GUARDIAN Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Blank Rome LLP Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP Capital One Financial Corporation Disabled American Veterans Marriott International National Association of County Veterans Service Officers Paralyzed Veterans of America Squire Patton Boggs Veterans Law Office of Amy B. Kretkowski PLC White & Case LLP

HONOR GUARD Bergmann & Moore LLC ExxonMobil Corporation Fish & Richardson P.C. McCarter & English LLP Troutman Sanders LLP

VETERAN’S DEFENDER JustLaw Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD



2019 TVC Chairman’s Award The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program congratulates Javier A. Centonzio of Centonzio Law, PLLC on his selection to receive the 2019 TVC Chairman’s Award in recognition of his outstanding record of service provided to our nation’s veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors. As a member of our TVC National Volunteer Corps, few people have the inspiration and drive of Javier, a Marine Corps veteran who served as an infantryman in Iraq. Javier is fluent in Spanish and provides a critical service to TVC by taking most cases with Spanish-speaking clients. Javier is particularly passionate about helping Puerto Rican veterans and their families, which fills a critical need for TVC. In the last few years, TVC has seen an increase in cases from Puerto Rico, where many clients speak limited English. These cases can sometimes be difficult to place. There have also been cases with Spanish-speaking clients that needed immediate placement, those that came at a later stage in the appeal or those that needed a replacement attorney due to the language barrier. Javier takes these types of cases without hesitation. TVC has a shortage of lawyers to handle cases for Spanish-speaking clients who have appeals before the Court and Javier has proven to be integral to our mission. This sustained commitment to pro bono service for veterans, dedication to serving TVC’s Spanish-speaking clients, willingness to take on cases that need immediate representation, and achieving favorable outcomes in most of his cases, demonstrates that Javier Centonzio has “gone above and beyond the call of duty” on behalf of our nation’s defenders and is truly a role model for legal professionals to emulate. THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS!

2019 TVC Law Firm Pro Bono Mission Partner The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program congratulates White & Case LLP on their selection as our 2019 TVC Law Firm Pro Bono Mission Partner, in recognition of their outstanding record of service to our nation’s veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors. White & Case has championed TVC’s mission since 1998 and has provided critical mission support in outreach to new stakeholders, training of partners and associates in TVC’s pro bono appellate advocacy course, and direct representation of TVC clients through the federal Veterans Pro Bono Program. White & Case has secured favorable outcomes for all TVC clients represented by the firm. White & Case’s passion for TVC’s work is further demonstrated by its commitment to TVC’s Core Mission Partner Initiative, as the first law firm signatory. White & Case attorneys are active in matters at the VA Regional Office level, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and as members of our TVC National Volunteer Corps, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Nearly one hundred attorneys for White & Case, on multiple continents, have volunteered to serve those who served. This sustained commitment to pro bono service for veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors clearly demonstrates that White & Case LLP, has “gone above and beyond the call of duty” on behalf of our nation’s veterans. THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS! ANNUAL REPORT 2019 | THE VETERANS CONSORTIUM


DAV Charitable Service Trust Grants TVC Discharge Upgrade Program $1 Million The Veterans Consortium Discharge Upgrade Program received a $1 million grant from DAV Charitable Service Trust (Trust), an organization that is affiliated with DAV (Disabled American Veterans). The Trust leads for sick, wounded, homeless and atrisk veterans throughout the nation. This grant will fully support the next four years of the Discharge Upgrade Program’s mission, which is providing legal assistance to veterans seeking to upgrade their less than honorable discharges. Through the Discharge Upgrade Program, pro bono attorneys are recruited and trained to represent veterans before discharge review boards and boards for correction of military records. TVC reviews discharge cases and primarily represents veterans who received an Other Than Honorable discharge due to misconduct related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury and other related mental health issues. TVC’s Discharge Upgrade Program has been in existence for more than two years and has already provided help to more than 2,000 veterans, either by providing direct legal representation or other support. “Far too often, service members are discharged from the military without an honorable discharge because they’re dealing with trauma or mental health problems that are misinterpreted as insubordination. If a veteran cannot get the benefits and resources they earned through service because their discharge was based on a lack of information or compassion, we intend to rectify that injustice. TVC recognized this need and created the Discharge Upgrade Program. We support their mission wholeheartedly.” Marc Burgess, DAV National Adjutant Notably, DAV is a founding member of The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program and to this day, continues to have a representative on the Executive Board. Funds from the Trust will cover costs of the Discharge Upgrade Program’s personnel and other expenses associated with the program, including the training of pro bono attorneys and outreach materials. “We are very grateful to DAV for this generous grant which will fund our program for the next four years. We all recognize the need to support veterans that have been treated unjustly. TVC looks forward to expanding our reach to deserving men and women, restoring their honor and veteran status so that they may receive the benefits they earned and deserve.” Jim Carlsen, TVC Managing Director



Notable Discharge Upgrade Case Synopses

A Vietnam-combat servicemember was injured during his first tour and received a Purple Heart. During his deployments, he developed PTSD and learned that his father was seriously ill, for which he received authorized leave. Due to these factors, his PTSD symptoms were exacerbated and he failed to return from leave, deeming him AWOL. He remained AWOL for two years and was given an Other Than Honorable discharge upon his return. Decades later, the VA officially diagnosed him with PTSD and depression, but he was denied disability benefits based on his OTH discharge. Over 45 years later, TVC volunteers successfully argued for a discharge upgrade. This Vietnam veteran is now eligible for full disability benefits.

A young Marine deployed to Iraq and developed PTSD symptoms in service. When he returned to the U.S., he was convicted of a DUI and subsequently, attempted suicide. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and substance addiction. Later, he tested positive on a urinalysis for marijuana and was hospitalized for substance abuse and separated with an Other Than Honorable discharge. Our Discharge Upgrade Program showed that this servicemember’s in-service TBI and PTSD were major mitigating factors in the misconduct. In consideration of his eight years of service and his service-connected mental health conditions, the Board upgraded the discharge.

While serving in the Army Reserve, a servicemember suffered an incident of military sexual trauma by another member of her unit. She was then discharged from the Army Reserve and entered the U.S. Navy. Still dealing with the trauma of her sexual assault, she began to use substances to cope. This use caused her to test positive on multiple urinalyses. She was discharged from the Navy with an Other Than Honorable discharge. TVC’s Discharge Upgrade Program proved that her PTSD, related to MST, was a major mitigating factor in her misconduct. Based on the sexual trauma and her resulting mental health condition, the Board upgraded her discharge to Under Honorable Conditions.



Farewell to Ed Glabus In March 2019, TVC’s Executive Director, Ed Glabus, announced his departure. Over the last four years, Ed played a critical role in the development and success of the organization. He will be missed for his inspirational leadership and tireless hours worked on behalf of veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors. Ed served as the Executive Director of TVC from 2014 – 2019 and brought over two decades of senior leadership experience to this role. During Ed’s fouryear tenure, TVC achieved exponential growth in its federal Veterans Pro Bono Program cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and in other opportunities for its TVC National Volunteer Corps to serve veterans and their loved ones. Ed passionately stewarded TVC Staff through many changes while strengthening alignment with TVC Mission Partners. Among his accomplishments, Ed was also responsible for the leading the following initiatives and milestones: • The launch of TVC’s Discharge Upgrade Program in 2016, a national initiative to meet the legal needs of service men and women impacted by Other Than Honorable discharges due to PTSD, MST, TBI and other related factors; • The launch of the annual TVC Legal Muster in 2016 and the weekly Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the DC VA Medical Center in 2017 as part of a Medical-Legal Partnership, where more than 1,000 veterans and their loved ones have been helped in its first 22 months; and • The induction into the Catalogue for Philanthropy as “One of the Best” charities, recognition as “Best in America” with the annual Seal of Approval by America’s Most Cost-Effective Charities, and award of the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency.

We sincerely thank Ed for his achievements and initiatives during his tenure as Executive Director. He will be greatly missed by our team.

“Ed leaves TVC in a very strong position for future growth and we sincerely thank him for his achievements and initiatives during his tenure as Executive Director. It has truly been my pleasure to work with him and witness, firsthand, his leadership and passion for helping veterans. Ed has had an enormous impact on TVC’s mission accomplishment and on the staff and volunteers that worked with him. While he will no longer be a part of the day-to-day operations, we’re happy that he will continue to support the mission as a Senior Fellow in an advisory role.” - Mary Ann Gilleece, Esq., Executive Board Chairwoman



New Chief Judge Nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Chief Judge Margaret Bartley was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2011, confirmed by the United States Senate on May 24, 2012, appointed by the President on June 25, 2012, and took the judicial oath on June 28, 2012, for a term of fifteen years. She became Chief Judge of the Veterans Court on December 4, 2019. For over 17 years prior to her appointment, Chief Judge Bartley served as a veterans advocate, working as staff attorney and then senior staff attorney for National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), a veterans service organization. In that capacity, she advised and trained staff and service officers for The American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, and other veterans service organizations and State departments of veterans affairs, on issues related to veterans benefits and veterans preference in Federal employment. She also represented veterans and survivors of veterans in their pursuit of VA benefits before the USCAVC and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. From 2004 to 2012, Chief Judge Bartley served as editor of the NVLSP veterans’ law quarterly, The Veterans Advocate. She also testified before Congress concerning federal agency failure to apply veterans preference laws and appeared on behalf of amici curiae in several significant veterans preference cases. From 2005 until her appointment to the bench, Chief Judge Bartley also served as Director of Outreach and Education for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. In that capacity, she organized nationwide training classes for lawyers interested in providing pro bono representation to veterans and their survivors before the USCAVC. Prior to her career as a veterans advocate, Chief Judge Bartley served as a judicial law clerk to the late Judge Jonathan R. Steinberg of the USCAVC. Chief Judge Bartley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and a juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law in 1993. Aside from her many articles on veterans law published in The Veterans Advocate, Chief Judge Bartley is co-author, co-editor, or contributing author of several other articles and publications, including the Veterans Benefits Manual (LexisNexis) (co-author 1999-2010, co-editor 2011-2012); American Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Survival Guide (Veterans for America, 2008) (contributing author); VA Benefits for LowIncome Veterans (Clearinghouse Review, Sept-Oct 2006) (co-author); VA’s Obligations Toward Claimants: Analysis of the Veterans Claims Assistance Act of 2000 (Clearinghouse Review, July-August 2001) (coauthor); The Elderlaw Portfolio Series: Veterans Benefits for the Elderly (Little, Brown and Company, 1996) (co-author); and Consideration of Pain and Other Factors in Rating Disabilities (Clearinghouse Review, JulyAugust 1996) (co-author).



Case Study: BVA Decision in David Reed Case “One of the worst things is to not be believed - to be dismissed for so long”

Vietnam Combat Veteran David Reed was born missing the bilateral pars for his L5 vertebrae. This rare birth defect caused him to suffer from severe pain and physical limitations throughout his life into young adulthood. Despite his pain, he excelled in his studies at San Francisco State College and was in the middle of his third semester of graduate school when he was called for the draft. At 24 years old, Mr. Reed reported for his pre-induction physical exam. His explanation of his history of back pain and physical limitations fell on deaf ears. In fact, they refused to x-ray his back and there was no notation of a lumbar spine condition in his medical examination record. Mr. Reed was deemed suitable for duty in the U.S. Army and reported for basic training at Fort Lewis, WA. Throughout basic training, Mr. Reed struggled with severe pain due to his condition. On one occasion, he was told by his drill instructor that if he complained one more time, he was going to the brig. Understanding that complaining was not an option, he persevered through training and deployed to Vietnam where he served from January 1970 to March 1971. He also excelled and was an exceptional soldier despite his disability.


In a letter of commendation written by his Commanding Officer, 74th Recon Airplane Company, the CO wrote, “It is not only your exceptional job performance, appearance, military knowledge and bearing, and moral conduct that make you deserving of this award, but also your personal devotion to duty, and compelling desire to excel. A man and soldier of your caliber is the substance and reason for our country’s greatness and the U.S. Army’s outstanding reputation.” Since his combat tour, Mr. Reed has lived with debilitating back injuries due to his service. Beginning in 1976, he submitted several requests for his service records but was unsuccessful and was eventually told that they had been destroyed in a fire and there was nothing that could be done. In 2008, he met with an Oregon VSO who found that his records had not been destroyed in the fire and she assisted him with his initial claim. After six years, his claim was denied. He then submitted two appeals which were also denied. While Mr. Reed battled with the VA and daily pain, he continued to give back to his country and his community. Following his military service, he served as a reserve police officer in Contra Costa County, CA and then became a successful entrepreneur.


Service runs in his family, as well. His daughter, Casey Reed, served in the Oregon Army National Guard for 8 years as an imagery analyst and is currently in the Air National Guard as a technician, working full-time on F-15C/D fuel systems. “There was and is something very wrong with my father’s back,” says Casey. “It’s a birth defect and he should never have been drafted in the first place. Even though you can’t see it, it’s there. He has done a great job of mitigating it [the disability] in his daily life. It’s clear how outstanding he was as a soldier. He served honorably and deserves so much more than what he got.”

In October of 2017, Mr. Reed contacted The Veterans Consortium. His case was evaluated by Judy Donegan, TVC Director of Litigation, and was subsequently placed with TVC National Volunteer Corps member, Chris Tyson of Duane Morris, LLP. Prior to Chris taking the case, Mr. Reed was diagnosed with plasma cytoma cancer, linked to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He was undergoing an experimental treatment which was expensive, and he was concerned about finances and his ability to remain in his home. He was also worried about his daughter, who had taken a significant amount of time off to help him get to various cancer treatment appointments. Despite these hurdles, he was ready to continue fighting for the benefits that he had earned and desperately needed. The issue on appeal was Mr. Reed’s entitlement to service connection for a lumbar spine disability to include spondylolysis. The Board of Veterans Appeals (the Board) had remanded the claim twice, once for another medical opinion and once for an addendum opinion. The Board never once instructed the doctor to first determine whether a defect or disease existed. Mr. Reed had symptoms prior to being drafted but he was not properly evaluated medically at the time to confirm his condition. In fact, the draft Board refused to x-ray his back when he disclosed a history of back pain. The veterans entrance examination in the record contained no notation of any lumbar spine condition. Chris took on the case with the support of his team, Monica Patterson from Home Depot (now at Dollar Tree), Bailea Tinsley, then a student at

Emory (now an FBI Agent), and Jordana Garellek, an Associate and Josh Staples a legal assistant at Duane Morris. A Rule 33 Summary of Issues was filed, and the conference was subsequently held. Chris argued in part that the Court should reverse the Board’s decision, find that Mr. Reed’s fifth lumbar condition (1) was a congenital disease which (2) was aggravated and caused, in part by his military service, and remand to the Board for an initial rating decision. A joint motion for remand was filed and eventually granted in August 2018.The parties agreed that the Board’s decision, finding that Mr. Reed did not warrant entitlement to service connection for a lumbar spine disability, should be vacated and the matter should be remanded for development and re-adjudication. Chris and his team stayed with Mr. Reed’s case and represented him at the Board. The team was able to locate a retired Air Force veteran and spine specialist who was willing to provide a pro bono opinion of aggravation of a rare birth defect and that Mr. Reed’s overall back condition was a congenital disease rather than a congenital defect. The Board found that the opinion was of sufficient probative weight to warrant the finding that Mr. Reed had a pre-existing lumbar condition that was aggravated by service and, given the totality of the evidence they granted service connection. Mr. Reed will receive back benefits from his initial claim in 2008 and a monthly payment moving forward. “This is a story of perseverance. Mr. Reed was so frustrated when I first met him. TVC gave him a shot and he’s now forgiven the VA and at peace.” Chris Tyson

Today, Mr. Reed is no longer worried about losing his home and his cancer is in remission. He has maintained his uncompromising integrity throughout his life, even through this ordeal. His 11 year battle for truth and justice is over thanks to the tenacity of Chris Tyson and his team, who stayed with his case after the Court remanded it to ensure he received the compensation he was owed. “One of the worst things is to not be believed and to be dismissed for so long,” says, Casey. “It was so frustrating to watch him fight this battle. It should never have gone on that long. I wouldn’t blame him or anyone else going through the system for giving up, but my father is no quitter.” This case shows the direct impact a volunteer can have on the outcome when a veteran receives a remand decision by the CAVC. It is invaluable for the veteran to have a trained pro bono attorney to identify the argument and help compile the evidence necessary and obtain medical opinions to prevail at the BVA. If it can be the same team that prevailed at the Court, all the better. That is just what Chris Tyson and his team did and the result was a very favorable outcome for their client. Unfortunately, many veterans who can’t afford a fee-based attorney are compelled to appear pro se before the BVA since they are reluctant to work with their local veteran service officer, generally a non-lawyer, whose advocacy proved unsuccessful initially. Our current volunteers can make a real difference in the outcome by staying on when a case is remanded. There are also opportunities for volunteers to take remanded claims where volunteers need to be substituted.



New Equal Justice Works Fellowship: Veterans Benefits Advocacy Current Equal Justice Works Fellow, Samantha Farish, hails from Tennessee, and is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School. Samantha has extensive experience in veterans law, including time as a Jeffrey Stonerock Extern at The Veterans Consortium as a 2L at GW. Her two-year project, Veterans Benefits Advocacy, is sponsored by Morgan, Bockius & Lewis LLP. For her project, Samantha advocates for and provides direct representation to veterans seeking service-connected benefits. These are veterans have had their case remanded back to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by the appellate court after successfully appealing an unfavorable decision by the agency.

TVC Legal Scholars Program TVC operates the Legal Scholars Program to encourage and facilitate pro bono representation by law school clinical and other appropriate programs. This effort introduces law students to the federal Veterans Pro Bono Program and exposes them to careers serving veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors. Extern Casey Watts, a third-year law student at George Mason University in the Antonin Scalia Law School during her time at TVC, spent two semesters at The Consortium. Casey’s work centered on screening memoranda and briefs for appellate court cases. “I am the descendant of several veterans, some of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice. Helping veterans obtain benefits is one small way I can honor their legacy.” Laura Grasso was TVC’s Summer 2019 David Isbell Intern. A rising 3L at Syracuse University College of Law, Laura was working toward her JD and a Certificate of Advanced Study in National Security & Counterterrorism Law. The New York native enjoyed honing her skills representing veterans at the appellate level and deepening her knowledge of the issues that affect our veterans. “Both of my grandfathers served in both the Korean War and WWII, so I am proud to say I spent my summer giving back to our nation’s defenders who gave so much for our country.”



Women Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic Pilot


In October of 2019, as part of our Pro Bono Week initiative, we hosted a pilot legal clinic for women veterans in the Women’s Health Clinic at the Washington DC VA Medical Center (DC VAMC). The Women’s Health Clinic is a space exclusively for women veterans and staffed by female providers. It is a “safe space” where women veterans feel protected from sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by men.


This pilot clinic was staffed only by women attorneys. This allowed female veterans to TALK TO A FEMALE ATTORNEY FOR FREE seek out legal services without having to Disability/Benefits Claims Family Law leave the safe environment of the Women’s Discharge Upgrades Employment Law Clinic. The pilot clinic was very well received, Landlord/Tenant Law Consumer Law with a significant turnout, proving there is a F R I D A Y , O C T O B E R 2 5, 2 0 1 9 real need for this service. Our Director of 1 0 : 0 0 a.m. - 2 : 0 0 p.m. Communications & Outreach, Claudia Daley, WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC CONFERENCE ROOM WASHINGTON DC VA MEDICAL CENTER was the driving force behind this successful effort, leading the way in developing key relationships with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the DC VAMC. Chris Tyson and Heidi Lunasin, from our Mission Partners at Duane Morris LLP, were also instrumental in the launch of the clinic. We look forward to growing this clinic and serving our women veterans nationwide.

Erin Nebbia (Georgetown Law student), Valerie Daye (solo practitioner)

Valerie Daye, Erin Nebbia, Heidi Lunasin (Duane Morris), Rebecca Baan (Duane Morris)



2019 TVC National Volunteer Corps Honor Roll Without the commitment of individual attorneys, law firms, corporate legal teams and academic programs, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program would be hardpressed to carry out our mission to serve veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. We thank them all for devoting their time, expertise and resources to this worthy cause.

CORPORATE PRO BONO Amazon.com, Inc. Leonardo Alcantara Bill Appleyard Ana Bastos Marnina Cherkin Michael Deal Patricia Franco Da-Wai Hu Susan Jong Rebecca Joseph Jason Karaffa Kate Layman Carolyn Roberts Ben Skoglund Lauren Styler Ashish Thaker Laura Tiuca Claudia Wildmann Appian Corporation Christopher Geyer AT&T Corporation Belinda Boling Keith Krom Tom Veltz Dell Technologies D’Ann Rifai Delmarva Power Clark Stalker Entergy Services, LLC Michael Griffen Exelon Corporation Vicki Goodmen Matthew Gutt Exxon Mobil Corporation Charles (Vic) Pyle FINRA John Nachmann Health Advocates LLC Kamaria Davis Nationwide Sulman Khan Kaila Krausz Kimberly Mangan


Northrop Grumman Bart Barre Dianne Coombs Lynn Wise Pepco Jennedy Johnson Doug Micheel Brandon Pierce Craig Williams PNC Financial Services Frances Feis Laura Gleason Megan Miner Amy Shelby Alison Smith Allegra Wiles Joan Zangrilli Rimini Street, Inc. Taryn Lam Verizon Dawn Damschen GOVERNMENT PRO BONO Corporation for National and Community Service Helen Serassio Cumberland County Lisa Grayson Federal Emergency Management Agency Tim Cunningham Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Heather Polzin Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission William Althen Michael Cole Timothy Greten Rory Smith Art Traynor Michael Young Lebanon County Nichole Eisenhart

Legend U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims TVC Discharge Upgrade Program Veteran’s Benefits Advocacy Medical-Legal Partnership Clinics

Small Business Administration Prianka Sharma Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Robyn Glassner Texas Department of Health & Human Services Janet Totter United States Customs and Border Protection Aaron Kor Matthew Peterson United States Department of Homeland Security Hannah Cook Ashley Drexel Serafina Lobsenz Elizabeth Nguyen Michael Noyes United States Department of Labor Erin Mohan United States Department of Energy Nisha Kumar United States Department of Transportation Alicia Harrington United States Department of Veterans Affairs Stuart J. Anderson Tokay Hackett Kerry Loring Rebecca Weaver United States Environmental Protection Agency Nicolas Desai United States Securities and Exchange Commission Christine Westbrook


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David Tobin James Williams BakerHostetler John Murphy Bilodeau Law Office, PLLC Katie Bilodeau Blank Rome LLP Saminaz Akhter Matthew Altomare Thomas Biron Maria Carnicella Amy Coles Bryan Hall Matthew Homyk Mary Ann Knoeckel Brandon McCune Dana Merkel Joseph Moran Kathy Ochroch Adrien Pickard Bracewell LLP Ryan Eletto Butler Snow LLP Haley Gregory Anna Little Morris Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP W. Douglas Berry Centonzio Law, PLLC Javier Centonzio Cleary Gottlieb Rich Huber Paul Marquardt Cooley LLP Samuel Whitt Covington & Burling Rebecca Dalton Rujul Desai Weiss Nusraty Cozen O’Conner Thomas Fisher Eric Levi Dan B Law PLLC Daniel Bretzius David K. Sergi & Associates PC Thomas Just Dentons LLP Sean Camacho Tess Gosda Phillip Seckman Desmarais LLP Thomas Derbish Raymond Habbaz Michael Jenks Justin Wilcox DLA Piper LLP Charles Bell Joshua Kresh Duane Morris LLP Kevin Anderson Sam Apicelli Joe Aronica Rebecca Bazan Katherine Brodie Timothy Bryan Sean Burke Nicole Candelori Jamie Cook Amauri Costa

Joseph Ferretti Justus Getty Kristina Gill Sheila Hollis William Keane Heidi Lunasin Robin McGrath Patrick Muldoon Lewis Olshin Michelle Pardo J. Renner Sajid Saleem Michael Schrier John Simpson R. Bryan Timothy Christopher Tyson Chris Tyson Tairan Wang Dutton Law Group, P.A. Jesse Groves Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC Edward Noonan ERA Law Group LLC Valerie Anias Eversheds Sutherland Catherine Garza James Guy Marty Hopkins Richard Noland Valerie Sanders Jim Textor Jeanne Waters Fish & Richardson Thomas Halkowski Foley & Lardner LLP Jason Sharp Fortis Law, PLC Ashley Gautreau Foster Garvey PC Devra Cohen Ben Hodges Kelly Mennemeier Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold Marsha Goodman Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson Elizabeth LoPresti Gibbons Neuman Patti Halloran Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Sean Twomey Goldstein & Russell, P.C. Charles Davis Goodman Allen Donnelly Daniel Krasnegor David Lowenstein Goodwin Proctor LLP Paul Jin Jenny Morris Stephen Shahida Matthew Wheatley Greenberg Traurig, LLP Sarah Matthews Danielle Muenzfeld Daniel Strauss Green & Marusak Jonathan Greene Daniel Marusak

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP Tod Leaven Grubaugh Law Joshua Grubaugh Gruppuso Legal Anthony Gruppuso Hach & Rose LLP John Blyth Jenner & Block Jeff Immel Grant Schweikert JLC Legal PLLC James Calis Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP Charles Joseph JustLaw Michael Just Kaleo Legal William R. Poynter Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick Thomas Samuels Klaerner Law Melissa Klaerner Knobbe Martens Olsen & Bear, LLP Jonathan Bachand LaPonzina Law, P.C. Falen LaPonzina Larbi Legal Tamesha Larbi Law Office of Leonora Blue Leonora Blue Law Office of Dana A. Blue Dana A. Blue Law Office of David T. Flanagan David T. Flanagan Law Office of Gustavo Mayen Gustavo Mayen Law Office of Joseph Miele Joseph Miele Law Office of Julius M. Giles Julius M. Giles Law Office of Marie H. Kramer Marie H. Kramer Law Office of Mark R. Myers LLC Mark R. Myers Law Office of Michael J. Sepanik Michael J. Sepanik Law Office of Nicholas L. Phinney Nicholas L. Phinney Law Office of Nigel Barrella Nigel Barrella Law Office of Rebecca L. Bartlett Rebecca L. Bartlett Law Office of Rosa M. Sobhraj Rosa M. Sobhraj Law Office of Roy Conn, PLLC Roy Conn Law Office of Sean Kendall Timothy Franklin Law Office of Stephen Harbulak Stephen Harbulak

Law Office of Thomas J. Kniffen Thomas J. Kniffen Law Office of Timothy Macri Timothy Macri Law Offices of Robert R. Davis Robert R. Davis Law Offices of S.L. Ayers Stephani Ayers Lynch & Lynch Matthew Illacqua M.L. Romelus Legal Michele Romelus Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Andrew Morrison Manne Law Office Jason Manne Mayes Law Office Thomas Mayes McDermott Will & Emery Jay Reiziss Melito Law Office Michael Melito Miller & Chevalier Chartered Margot Laporte Leah Moushey Preston Pugh Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Johnathan Bramble Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Katherine DeStefano ODU Law Firm LLC Layi Oduyingbo Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Margaret Abernathy John Badalich Anupam Dalvi Mike Delikat Ric Fukushima Richard Krebs Khai LeQuang Michael Levin Shane McCammon Weimin Ning Nicholas Sabatino Alexis Savini Lauren Seaton Mark Smith Dahl Thompson Christopher Vejnoska Parmele Law Firm Kathleen Overton Perkins Coie LLP Andrew Dufresne Phillips & Cohen LLP John Tremblay Piatt Law PLLC Jason Piatt Pokalsky Wilczynski Brozek LLP Ann Pokalsky Porco Law Christopher Porco Quarles & Brady LLP James Goldschmidt Bradley Jackson Bryce Loken Stephanie Moon James Morrow



Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP Anne-Raphaelle Aubry R.S.M. Law Firm Raza Mahmood Renner Otto Boisselle & Sklar LLP Mark Wolfgang Robins Kaplan LLP Maria Cho Michael Delaney Saidel Law, LLC Susan Saidel Schiff Hardin LLP Tracy Adamovich Mir Ali Sonul Rao Schmitt & Coletta James Coletta Shine Law Firm LLC Lauren Shine Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Kyle Steingreaber Sidley Austin LLP James Bieke James Brigagliano Southwest Law Firm Jason Mendoza Spilman Thomas & Battle Dennise Smith Derrick Williamson Squire Patton Boggs Katy Spicer John Lazzaretti John Reilly Benjamin Tobias Thomas Zeno Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Andrea Tokheim Suzanne Whitaker, PLLC Suzanne Whitaker Tabak Law LLC Monica Irelan Karas Hannah Zacharias The Law Firm of Douglas G. Jackson Douglas Jackson The Law Office of Tiffany K. Holloman, PLLC Tiffany K. Holloman The Law Office of Derek T. Smith Derek Smith The Law Office of Paul I. Timpone, Esq. Paul Timpone The Law Office of Tim Connelly Tim Connelly The Saroyan Law Firm Zaven “Will” Saroyan Thompson & Knight LLP Kevin Clark Valor Firm Matthew Greig Veterans Esquire Legal Solutions, PLLC Jonathan Davis


Veterans Law Office of Amy B. Kretkowski, PLC Amy B. Kretkowski Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic Samantha Stiltner Veterans Rights Law Group Lorenzo DiSalvo Julia Gieseking Chad MacIsaac Sarah MacIsaac Lisa Todd VetLaw Brendan Garcia West & Dunn Jonathan Heiden Jason Johns Eric Pangburn Travis West White & Case LLP Anne-Raphaelle Aubry Christopher Carroll Steven Levy Clay Roberts Jonathan Ulrich WilmerHale Aaron Friedman Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati John Lynch Worley Elder Law, PLLC Jami Worley SOLO PRACTITIONERS Jamal Aleem Jorge Amieva Michael Angelotti Francisca Araiza-Kasama Allison Bauer Amanda Bedford David Berg Colin Carriere George Collier Schantell Comegys Robert Coyne Sylvia Cruz Valerie Daye Kathy Diener Robert Dwyer Wanda Ghant Julius Giles Kelvin Green Diane Hester Robert Jackson Dietrich Renee Jenkins Robin Jenkins Mitch Kessler Jennifer Lohnes Edward Lukey Leslie Machado John Malsbary Scott Martin Mark Matthews Grace Mercer Schott Aaron Moshiashwili Burgundy Niles Alan Nuta Dianne Olson

Nicholas Paine Kevin Puntney Sean Ravin Mary Royar Grace Schuyler Brian Segee Daniel Smith Debra Smith Darryl Toler Michael Toomey Rosanne Trabocchi Fritzie Vammen Larry Wescott Samantha Wiggins Marie Wilkerson LAW SCHOOL PRO BONO American University Washington College of Law Peter Luck Donald Saltmarsh The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law-Columbus Community Legal Services Katelyn Holbrook Christopher Jusuf Michael McGonnigal Brittany McNurlin Morgan Oliver Cloyd Smith Aimee Triana Anne Ustynoski The George Washington University Law School Natalee Ball Bradley Clarke Caroline Cole Madeline Greathouse Megan Hughes Sarah Husk Minki Kwon Alice Lee Kimberly Lowe Dana Raugh-Kitsler Anne Sheridan Eric Smith Abbey Taylor Sam Thomas Rebecca Watson Georgetown University Law Center Josh Adler Brittany Appleby Madeline Bardi Jason Baskett Caitlin Bozman Ian Carrico Rebecca Chambers Carolyn Corcoran Dennis Craig II Megan Edmonds Lauren Griffith Robert Hogan Hui Lynn Zhang Christian Mahre Claire Maxa Robert Murstein


Erin Nebbia Kori Pruett Katie Rosenberg Adam Silow Timothy Wilt Sherry Yu Golden Gate University School of Law Daniel Devoy Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University Blair Thompson Purdue University Global, Concord Law School Scott Johnson Rutgers Law School Traci Overton SIU School of Law-Vet Legal Assistance Martin Parsons Stetson University College of Law Stacey-Rae Simcox University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Kristine Huskey University of Baltimore School of Law Hugh McClean University of Florida, Levin College of Law Judy Clausen University of San Diego Veterans Legal Clinic Alison Brown William & Mary Law School David Boelzner Caleb Stone PUBLIC SECTOR PRO BONO Legal Aid of North Carolina Debra Toni Pinkston National Veterans Benefits Attorneys Brandon Steele Neighborhood Legal Services Program Elizabeth da Victoria Lobo Ashley Graham-Watanabe Deborah Levine Ann Newton Maya Sheppard Paralyzed Veterans of America Linda Blauhut Jennifer Zajac The Veterans Consortium Ty Collier Judy Donegan Samantha Farish Jeff Janicke Samantha Stiltner Vietnam Veterans of America Fatmata Bintu Conteh Claire Corsey Felicia Mullaney Heather Olson

OUR REPORT CARD SINCE 1992 Success Rate Veterans Requests Handled

82% >50,000

Cases Placed


Attorneys Trained


Value of Donated Services

>$115 M

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Jim Carlsen, Esq.

Ty Collier, Esq.

Giovanna Copat

Director of Program Operations Managing Director (as of 3/2019)

Staff Attorney

Paralegal, Client Services

Claudia Daley

Judy Donegan, Esq.

Samantha Farish, Esq.

Manager, Client/Stakeholder Outreach

Director, Litigation & Case Management

Equal Justice Works / AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Ed Glabus

Danica Gonzalves

Hattie Graham

Executive Director

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Program Operations Specialist

Peter Gregory

Leigh Hillebrand

Cate Jackson

Client Services Specialist

Volunteer Outreach & Education Coordinator

Client/Stakeholder Outreach Coordinator



Nebye Kahssai, Esq.

Mike Kail, Esq.

Cathy Klingler

Equal Justice Works / AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Director of Program Operations

Docket Administrator

David Myers, Esq.

Sandy Peterson

Morgan Robinson

Director, Case Management & Placement

Manager, Client Services

Client Services Specialist

Courtney Smith, Esq.

Samantha Stiltner, Esq.

Leonce Wilson

Director, Volunteer Outreach & Education

Staff Attorney

Veterans Law Specialist



Donor Honor Roll $25,000 - $100,000 Greenburg Traurig LLP

$10,000 – $24, 999 Baker Botts LLP ∙ Combined Federal Campaign (multiple aggregated sources) Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP ∙ Quarles & Brady LLP Schiff Hardin LLP ∙ The Nathan P. Jacobs Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999 Aggregated Anonymous Donations (Catalogue for Philanthropy, PayPal) Akin, Gump, Strauss & Feld LLP ∙ Amy B. Kretkowski, PLC Blank Rome LLP ∙ Capital One Financial Corporation Marriott International, Inc. ∙ Patricia Hazelwood Squire Patton Boggs ∙ White & Case LLP

$1,500 - $4,999 Alves Family Charitable Foundation Inc. ∙ Bergmann & Moore Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP ∙ Crowell & Moring LLP ∙ ExxonMobil Fish & Richardson P.C. ∙ Greene & Marusak, LLC ∙ Law Office of Marie H. Kramer McCarter & English LLP ∙ McDermott Will & Emery Charitable Foundation National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO) National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) Paralyzed Veterans of America Steptoe Foundation ∙ The American Legion The Greater Washington Community Foundation ∙ Troutman Sanders, LLP

$500 - $1,499 Alves Family Charitable Foundation Inc. ∙ Butler Snow LLP Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD ∙ Daniel Smith ∙ Jonathan Davis JustLaw ∙ Michael Nardotti The National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs ∙ William S. Foster, Jr.

$25 - $499 Amazon Smile ∙ Brian McKeon ∙ Christopher Johnson ∙ Christopher Tyson Edmund M. Glabus ∙ Gregory Block ∙ Jamal Aleem ∙ Jay Thornton Jessica Pritchett ∙ John Nownes ∙ Joseph Miller ∙ Mark Myers Peter Williamson ∙ Sarah Dodge ∙ Therese Strode ∙ Thurman Page ∙ William Lewis



FINANCIALS STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (audited) December 31, 2019 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Investments Accounts receivable Prepaid expenses TOTAL ASSETS

$1,687,155 19,218 73,031 $1,779,404

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses $142,555 Accrued salaries and related benefits 82,540 Deferred grant revenue - DAV 931,080 Deferred grant revenue - LSC 197,923 Deferred grant revenue - Equal Justice Works 8,333 Deferred rent liability 13,731 Total Liabilities 1,376,162 Net Assets - unrestricted 403,242 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS


STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES (unaudited) Year ended December 31, 2019 REVENUE Legal Services Corporation - Veterans Pro Bono Program Corporate contributions & Events Americorps, Equal Justice Works Grants, and DAV Charitable Service Trust Donated services Investment income TOTAL REVENUE

$2,708,637 205,333 156,315 6,064 $3,076,349

EXPENSE Program Services Legal Services Corporation - Veterans Pro Bono Program Discharge Upgrade Donated Funds - The Pro Bono Program Total Program Services Supporting Services Volunteer Appreciation TOTAL EXPENSE CHANGE IN NET ASSETS Net Assets - Beginning of Year NET ASSETS - END OF YEAR

$2,723,776 288,035 63,805 3,075,616 18,307 3,093,923 -17,574 420,816 $403,242

SUMMARY OF DONATED FUNDS AND EXPENSES (unaudited) Contributions available as of 12/31/2018 Contributions received as of 12/31/2019 Interest earned 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019 TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS/INTEREST LESS Expenses Paid from Contributions 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018 CONTRIBUTIONS AVAILABLE AS OF 12/31/2019

301,979 433,797 440 $132,258 $63,805 $433,797



The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (TVC) is a leading national 501(c) (3)charity providing free legal services in federal venues for veterans in need. TVC operates a global federal Veterans Pro Bono Program on behalf of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to represent veterans unjustly denied benefi ts or compensation earned from military service. Our TVC National Volunteer Corps attorneys also litigate cases that are appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our TVC Discharge Upgrade Program represents Veterans before military Discharge Review Boards and Boards of Correction for Military Records. The Veterans Consortium 2101 L St NW, Suite 840 Washington, DC 20037

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