Robert B. Goss, a Houston veterans’ law attorney, received the Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Award from the Center for Veterans Advancement and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates Inc. Goss accepted the award March 12 at NOVA’s spring conference in Las Vegas.

“I was shocked and deeply honored to receive this award, as helping veterans is a calling and passion we have at my firm,” Goss told the Texas Bar Blog. “When we win VA benefits, it truly changes the veterans’ and their families’ lives. Everyone at the Law Office of Robert B. Goss is honored to help our veterans. Being awarded this great honor indicates that other veteran groups noticed our work and results.”

Goss is himself a veteran, having served two decades as a U.S. Air Force officer and command pilot. His background includes supervising the writing of the Air Force’s leadership and command doctrine and serving as an operations officer at the Air Command and Staff College. His firm, which focuses on veterans’ law issues, exclusively employs disabled veterans. Goss is a member of the NOVA Board of Directors and ethics, outreach, and seminar committees, as well as a member of the State Bar of Texas Military and Veterans Law Section, which he played a crucial role in helping to create.

Goss’s law firm handles a variety of cases pro bono, including matters such as helping veterans obtain Veterans Affairs benefits, VA health care, nursing home care, housing and vehicle grants, dependent education benefits, wills, and legal advice on other non-veteran issues. Because veterans’ legal cases can be complex, Goss also teaches veterans’ law CLE to ensure that attorneys are representing this population professionally and competently.

“Bob has provided tens of thousands of dollars in benefits to homeless veterans, enabling them to access permanent housing and other vital opportunities that lead to an independent life,” said CVA Director and Program Manager Rick Little in a press release. “[He] exhibits an unparalleled enthusiasm, grit, and genuine advocacy spirit indicative of a NOVA member.”