David Best, the Vietnam veteran we profiled in March, received some hopeful news. (See "The VA is waiting for us to die," March 14.) His benefits claim has left limbo and is en route to Washington, D.C., where the Board of Veterans Appeals is scheduled to re-examine his case. The BVA will decide whether to compensate Best, who served in the Army, for his service-connected arthritis. No timetable for the decision has been set, but Best estimates he could know the fate of his benefit claim by the end of the year.
The Veterans Administration has denied Best's claims for a decade. If the BVA again rejects Best's case, he can go to the Court of Veterans Appeals, where attorney Craig Kabatchnick will represent him. Kabatchnick is the supervising attorney of the Veterans Law Project, a free legal clinic at N.C. Central University.