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March 25, 2016
Continuing the firm’s longstanding commitment to pro bono representation of veterans, Covington recently won a pair of favorable rulings from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. One appeal, on behalf of an Army veteran, sought a “service connection” ruling for a skin condition related to his service during the Persian Gulf War. The second, on behalf of a Marine Corps veteran, and then his wife, sought an increased disability rating for speech difficulties associated with his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Covington received a quick win in the first appeal, when the VA agreed with the argument that the veteran was not afforded an adequate examination and stipulated to a joint remand. In the second appeal, the appeals judge initially affirmed the Board, but then reversed course, adopted Covington's core legal argument on reconsideration, and ordered a remand to allow the VA to consider the claim using the proper interpretation of the relevant regulations.
Jack Kelly handled both appeals, with guidance from Allan Moore and Einar Stole.