Washington, D.C. – Two of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for veterans -- the Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA) and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) – awarded its Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Award to Wade Bosley, a Florida veterans’ disability attorney. Mr. Bosley accepted the honor at NOVA’s 20th Anniversary Gala held on April 20 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.
The CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Award is presented annually to a NOVA member who, through participation in the CVA/NOVA Pro Bono Advocates Program, exemplifies the pro bono spirit of providing legal services to veterans who are unable to afford them. CVA and NOVA joined forces to create the program in 2009 in response to military veterans’ increased demand for legal services, as well as President Obama and Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s charge to end veteran homelessness by 2015. It is now one of the largest and most successful pro bono programs in the United States.
Mr. Bosley is a partner in the Florida veterans’ disability group of Bosley & Bratch. He joined the CVA/NOVA Pro Bono Advocates Program in 2010, eagerly providing competent, pro bono representation before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and encouraging members of his firm to do the same to stem the tide of homelessness among veterans.
“As a result of Wade’s participation in the program, along with others from Bosley & Bratch, homeless veterans have received tens of thousands of dollars, affording them the opportunity to access permanent housing,” CVA Director and Program Manager Rick Little stated at the award ceremony.
Mr. Bosley is a national leader in veterans’ law. He is a two-term past President and former Board Member of NOVA. He also pioneered the use of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an element of damage and disability in personal injury cases. In 2008, Mr. Bosley was honored with the prestigious PTSD VETS, INC. Service Award for his work on behalf of veterans with PTSD.
Before dedicating his practice exclusively to veterans, Mr. Bosley spent 25 years as a trial lawyer representing citizens in civilian disability cases. He also helped thousands of civilians and veterans obtain Social Security disability benefits. His previous civilian experience has translated well to his present practice of veterans’ disability law.
Since its inception, the CVA/NOVA Pro Bono Program has enlisted the advocacy skills of NOVA members located throughout the country. The Program includes representation at both the VA-agency level and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Court, and has more than 40 participant law firms from across the U.S. It provides much-needed pro bono representation to poverty-stricken and homeless veterans, increasing the likelihood of removing barriers to permanent housing, employment, and desperately needed income.
From August 2009 to December 31, 2011, Program partners have provided more than 600 hours of pro bono legal assistance to indigent veterans. This workload equates to a value of nearly $100,000 in labor value and $446,000 in income for veterans.
In May 2012, the Program launched an initiative to encourage NOVA members to provide legal assistance to the indigent and/or homeless in any legal matter, advancing its platform from focusing primarily on claims before VA.
NOVA recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary as an organization dedicated to veterans’ advocacy at its spring conference and gala held April 19-21 in the Washington, D.C. area.
The National Organization of Veterans' Advocates is a not for profit educational membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1993. NOVA is a national organization of attorneys and other qualified members who act as advocates for disabled veterans. Our goal is to provide excellent representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to veterans who have disability claims against the government resulting from their service as members of the armed forces. Offices are at 1425 K St NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (202) 587- 5708, Fax: (202) 587- 5601, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.