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NVLSP Statement on the VA Inspector General Report
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 12, 2020
WASHINGTON - National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) Executive Director Bart Stichman issued the following statement regarding the report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General.
"The findings from the VA Inspector General report, Senior VA Officials’ Response to a Veteran’s Sexual Assault Allegations, must be taken seriously. Victims of sexual assault often are reticent to report these incidents because of fear of challenges to the veracity of their claims and their integrity, similar to the very elements cited in this report. Unfortunately, if Secretary Wilkie's behavior goes unchecked it will have a terribly chilling effect on other victims coming forward and gives license to this type of behavior. Simply put, this type of negative leadership is untenable. Secretary Wilkie should resign immediately."
About The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)
The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is an independent, nonprofit veterans service organization that has served active duty military personnel and veterans since 1981. NVLSP strives to ensure that our nation honors its commitment to its 22 million veterans and active duty personnel by ensuring they have the benefits they have earned through their service to our country. NVLSP has represented veterans in lawsuits that compelled enforcement of the law where the VA or other military services denied benefits to veterans in violation of the law. NVLSP’s success in these lawsuits has resulted in more than $5.2 billion dollars being awarded in disability, death and medical benefits to hundreds of thousands of veterans and their survivors. NVLSP offers training for attorneys and other advocates; connects veterans and active duty personnel with pro bono legal help when seeking disability benefits; publishes the nation's definitive guide on veteran benefits; and represents and litigates for veterans and their families before the VA, military discharge review agencies and federal courts. For more information go to www.nvlsp.org.
For NVLSP: Patty Briotta, office 202-621-5698, firstname.lastname@example.org