Veterans Legal Clinic helps veteran prove VA administrative error


Two students participating in the law school's Veterans Legal Clinic, L. Andrew "Andy" Bastone and Michael R. "Mike" O'Brien, have helped a veteran recover over $8,600 in incorrectly withheld U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. The veteran, John Rivers, retired from the service in 2014 and started receiving disability compensation. In 2016, the VA reduced these benefits, stating that he could not receive both compensation and military drill pay at the same time. Bastone and O'Brien, both veterans themselves, successfully persuaded the VA that this decision constituted administrative error. Working under the supervision of clinic attorney Kelly A. Parker, they got the VA to repay Rivers the full amount of benefits it had mistakenly withheld.