University of Missouri Veterans Clinic is part of the National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium (“NLSVCC”). The NLSVCC members work together on issues important to veterans’ law and regulations. Mizzou clinic attorneys and students have submitted an amicus brief in support of Alfred Procopio. Mr. Procopio is a navy veteran who has challenged the VA’s exclusion of military personnel who served in the waters of Vietnam from its definition of “Republic of Vietnam” in the Agent Orange Act. This is significant because the Agent Orange Act grants a presumption of service connection to injuries arising out of exposure to the herbicide known as “Agent Orange.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear the challenge en banc and invited amicus briefs in its most recent order.
The NLSCVV is also considering filing an amicus brief on behalf of Marine Corps. veteran, William Draughon. Mr. Draughon committed suicide. His estate brought a wrongful death claim against the VA, alleging negligence in its treatment of him. The estate won a bench trial in the District of Kanas and was awarded $450,000. The VA has appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.