Disabled veteran wins benefits from Army after reevaluation
Clients Client RJM
Through a partnership with Disabled American Veterans ("DAV"), Jones Day has begun providing pro bono legal representation to injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and to disabled sailors and Marines at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
Our client, RJM, appeared before the Army's Physical Evaluation Board for the purpose of appealing the Board's preliminary adjudication of his disability determination. After discussing the case with the DAV's representative, the Jones Day team reviewed the Board's findings and studied the applicable regulations. They consulted an independent medical practitioner for help in understanding the scope of limitations created by the soldier's medical condition and worked with the soldier to build a more detailed and complete medical record for use during his appeal. The team then presented that record and argued that the Board should reconsider its initial interpretation of the applicable regulations. The Board, upon further review, did precisely that, increasing our client's disability rating from 30% to 100%. The result obtained was exactly what our client had hoped for.