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Johnathan Silva

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Johnathan Silva

Johnathan Silva

Name of Host Organization: Lone Star Legal Aid
City, State: Houston, Texas
Issue area: Veterans' Rights, Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership
Sponsors: Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Project

Johnathan represented veterans who are denied the full benefits that their service and/or level of service-related injury merit.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The backlog in the processing of veterans’ benefits claims is well-documented. The pressures to reduce the backlog contributes to error rates in claims across the country as well as errors in assessing medical conditions that leave veterans with reduced levels of benefits. There are too many veterans with disability awards that understate the level of injury and loss of function. Johnathan’s project advocates on behalf of these veterans to ensure that they receive the correct benefits they have earned and deserve.