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Court Approves Class Action Settlement Providing up to $30 Million in Retroactive VA Benefits to Puerto Rican Veterans

By The National Veterans Legal Services Project

In 1982, VA determined that local Puerto Rican rating boards had been too liberal in granting 100-percent psychiatric disability determinations. In a series of events, VA decided to conduct a mass review of all such determinations for Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands veterans. These veterans filed a class action alleging that VA's decision was motivated by racial and ethnic prejudice. This column describes the events leading up to the lawsuit and the ensuing favorable settlement.

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