Category Archives: Veteran

Paving the way for veterans’ discharge upgrades

HPRP volunteer attorney Jim Richardson (center), our go-to expert on veteran discharge upgrades, stopped by the office yesterday to help review discharge upgrade cases before we assign them to pro bono attorneys. Jim is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. … Continue reading

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With his lawyer’s help, a homeless veteran starts “a new beginning”

A homeless Baltimore veteran is now entitled to health care benefits and received an 80-percent, service-connected disability rating, thanks to Swapna Yeluri, his HPRP attorney. The 41-year-old man (who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome) currently resides in a homeless shelter. … Continue reading

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With the help of his pro bono attorney, a veteran gets a tenfold increase in benefits

With HPRP’s help, a veteran who suffered a knee injury while serving in the U.S. Army in the 1980s saw his monthly disability payments increase more than ten times, along with a six-figure retroactive award! “In June 2008, he had … Continue reading

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HPRP lends a hand at veterans’ resource event

Earlier this week, HPRP staff attorney Michael Stone was on hand at the Veteran and Family Resource Day at the Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County. About 120 former service members attended the event, which connected them with … Continue reading

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Fasanelli joins new ABA commission to help veterans

At last week’s ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, ABA President Linda Klein announced the Veterans Legal Services Initiative, a new commission to mobilize lawyers and help build a comprehensive online resource to direct veterans to legal resources and legal … Continue reading

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HPRP welcomes Swapna Yeluri

Swapna Yeluri joined HPRP last month as Director of Pro Bono Programs. Prior to joining HPRP, Swapna developed and ran a pro bono veterans’ project at Maryland Legal Aid. Swapna is also the current treasurer of the Veterans’ Affairs and … Continue reading

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Full service-connected payments restored for homeless veteran

A homeless veteran had his stolen service-connected disability payments reimbursed and ongoing payments restored, thanks to his HPRP veteran benefits attorney. “He was trying to rebuild his life after some mistakes landed him in jail,” said Michael Stone, HPRP’s Equal … Continue reading

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Baltimore district court inaugurates new veterans treatment docket

  A new court docket to help veterans opened in Baltimore City district court earlier this week that will be focused more on rehabilitation than incarceration. “The District Court of Maryland in Baltimore City plans to launch a veterans treatment … Continue reading

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An HPRP summer clerk reflects

Third-year University of Maryland Carey School of Law student Debra Mills spent her summer as a clerk at HPRP working in the pro bono program. “Overall, it was a terrific experience,” Debra said. “Stand-outs were the veterans training and conference … Continue reading

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Veteran gets help in billing snafu

A Harford County veteran who was incorrectly billed $3,000 for ambulance service and sued had the judgment against him vacated with the help of HPRP. The veteran, who has a 100-percent disability rating, was receiving treatment at a VA healthcare … Continue reading

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