U.S. Army Reserve Veteran
A Sidley team won disability benefits from the VA at 70% for a U.S. Army Reserve veteran who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of persistent sexual harassment and physical threats from fellow soldiers and superiors. In addition to proving that the PTSD was a result of events in service, the team also had to overcome the fact that the veteran received an “other than honorable” discharge, which makes one ineligible for many benefits administered by the VA. The veteran received roughly $60,000 in retroactive benefits and will receive around $1,400 per month in ongoing benefits. Sidley is also representing this veteran on a pending petition for a discharge upgrade. The case was referred to Sidley by Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco-based veterans’ services nonprofit.
Veterans Advocacy Project / U.S. Army Reserve Veteran