For Release: October 21, 2015
Contact: Cindy Walsh
FH+H Fights for Soldier's Post 9/11 Bill Benefits
McLean, Virginia; LTG N. Ross Thompson, III retired from the U.S. Army after 36 years of service to his nation, and was eligible to receive education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The Army failed to provided LTG Thompson with the required counseling and failed to discuss with LTG Thompson the process for transferring his educational benefits in any of the out-processing and retirement education sessions he attended. The Army then refused to allow LTG Thompson to transfer his educational benefits post-retirement. LTG Thompson sought relief from the Army Board for Correction of Military Records, but was denied. After analyzing both the relevant Army records and the appropriate legal precedents, FH+H attorneys brought suit on LTG Thompson’s behalf to rectify this injustice. Ultimately, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia corrected the error, noting that “by every tenet of justice and fair play that we have known, the benefits sought by LTG Thompson should be afforded to him.” The Army has served notice of its intent to appeal the decision by the Federal District Court.