ODESSA, TX (KWES) - On Wednesday morning, the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veteran Affairs on behalf of Robert Kasper, an Odessa veteran they represent. The lawsuit claims the VA has delayed giving Kasper important information he requested for health benefits he needs.
TCRP attorney, Cassandra Champion said, "He needs to receive that file in the next two months in order to use the information in that file to complete a claim for medical benefits."
Getting an answer on Kasper's claims status has't been easy.
"The regional office that handles some claims in this area is all the way in Waco. Our request through the Freedom of Information Act was directed to a VA office in Janesville, Wisconsin which is the records management center and that's where they ask you direct those claims," said Champion.
Champion added Kasper health issues stem from his time during the Vietnam War and he could possibly be denied benefits if not given the records he needs.
"In Mr. Kasper's case, we think that the information in his veteran's claims file is going to provide us with additional evidence," said, Champion.
The TCRP hopes to get the information soon.
"I believe that the courts will see that the time is of the essence and will issue an order for the VA to produce these records immediately, at least that's the goal," said Champion.
Once the VA is served they will have 20 days to respond. We reached out to the VA for comment and are waiting to hear back.