Pro Bono Success Achieved on Behalf of U.S. Veteran
- Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Andrew Nason recently achieved success in a pro bono matter representing Frederick Elmore, Jr., a U.S. Air Force veteran suffering from diabetes as a result of his in-service exposure to herbicides in Thailand during the Vietnam Era. Both the VA Regional Office and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals denied Mr. Elmore’s claim, which Mr. Elmore then appealed to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Mr. Nason represented Mr. Elmore before that court and argued that, although the VA revised its procedures for developing herbicide-exposure related claims for Thailand veterans in 2010, the Board continued to follow the unrevised procedures when it issued its decision in 2012. Counsel for the Office of Veterans Affairs did not dispute Mr. Nason’s arguments and agreed to a joint motion for remand to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Mr. Elmore will now be able to present additional evidence in accordance with the VA’s revised procedures, and the Board will likely grant his application for benefits.