For the 4,300 veterans who were class members in Sabo et al. v. United States, becoming eligible in January for a benefits upgrade through a settlement with the Department of Defense was just the first chapter of their post-combat struggle. Those veterans, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, must now claim those benefits.
That's where Hewlett-Packard's legal team comes in. In February, HP partnered with the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), a non-profit veterans advocacy group, and law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, who jointly represented the class, to counsel veterans through the benefits claims process. Those veterans had received a low disability rating upon their discharge from the military. Under the settlement, they're eligible to receive disability retirement, as well as health insurance for themselves, their spouses and their children.