Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) recognized the lifetime achievement of two of its longtime members – Theodore Jarvi and Wade Bosley – with induction into the NOVA Hall of Honor. Both attorneys accepted the honor at NOVA’s spring training conference in San Francisco this month.
A national, nonprofit educational organization, NOVA provides specialized training for attorneys and accredited agents who assist military veterans with appeals for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Hall of Honor commemorates NOVA members who have demonstrated extraordinary service and leadership on behalf of our nation’s disabled veterans. Both 2015 inductees have dedicated their careers to the sole representation of veterans and their families whose claims have been denied by VA.
“These exceptional advocates epitomize what it means to devote one’s self to NOVA’s founding mission. Their contributions to the field of Veterans law, along with their advocacy on behalf of so many veterans and their families, are profound and immeasurable,” NOVA President Michael R. Viterna remarked at the induction.
Based in Tempe, Ariz., Theodore Jarvi has represented veterans from across the country for all types of VA claims, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Agent Orange-related diabetes or blindness, and Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU). He served in the United States military from 1961 to 1970, went on to earn his J.D. from Arizona State University, and has practiced law for more than 40 years now.
A member of NOVA since 1993, Jarvi served as president of the organization from August 2004 to November 2006. During that time, he was instrumental in transitioning NOVA to a self-sustaining status. He is also recognized for his substantial contribution to regulatory comments on the VA’s proposed rules over the years. Jarvi received the Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence from NOVA in 2010.
Wade Bosley is a partner at Bosley & Bratch with offices in Indiana and Florida. He has represented military veterans and their families exclusively for the past 20 years. He spent 25 years prior as a trial lawyer representing civilians in disability cases. During that time, he served as 2nd Lieutenant in the 38th Infantry Division, HHC, 138th Signal Battalion of the Indiana National Guard. He also pioneered the use of PTSD as an element of damage and disability in personal injury cases. Bosley earned his J.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law.
A longtime NOVA member, Bosley served the organization as a two-term president (2008 to 2009). He was named “2012 Pro Bono Advocate of the Year” by the Center for Veterans Advancement and NOVA for providing services at no charge to homeless and underprivileged veterans and encouraging others to do the same. Bosley is also this year’s recipient of NOVA’s Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence.
Previous inductees into the NOVA Hall of Honor are William G. Smith, Keith D. Snyder and Kenneth M. Carpenter – all of whom are credited with founding the organization in 1993.