A 54-year old man who served in the Navy from 1980 to 1996—and contracted asthma from exposure to burning oil wells during the first Iraq War—had his monthly VA benefits rise from $255 a month to $1,300 a month with the help of Jennifer Larrabee, his HPRP pro bono attorney.
“After he left the Navy, he was in and out of the hospital and emergency rooms, with many scary moments when he couldn’t breathe,” said Jennifer, deputy director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. “But after I got involved, his zero percent rating went to 60 percent. In addition, he received $66,900 in back benefits he was owed. This successful outcome took more than three years to achieve, and he often told me that he would have given up without my help.”