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National Veterans Legal Services Program, Inc.

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1600 K Street NW
Suite 500
Washington,  DC 20006
Phone: 202-265-8305

Mission
Providing free legal services to help veterans and their families secure disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Armed Forces.

Email: info@nvlsp.org
Web Site: http://www.nvlsp.org

Real Life 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.



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