SECURING INTERNATIONAL VISITATION

By Fall 2016 M-VETS Student-Advisor Scott Schenking For many divorced active duty service members, veterans working for the federal government or current federal government employees, the reality that they will move overseas for work is ever present. The result of this is often a request to your former spouse for approval for international visitation and … Continue reading “SECURING INTERNATIONAL VISITATION”

Opening a Door to Malpractice Suits

The National Law Journal Jamie Schuman, Supreme Court Brief December 28, 2016 When veteran Richard Milbauer sued the government for medical negligence, a federal court ruled it did not have jurisdiction to hear the case. That decision could leave all veterans without a way to obtain judicial review of their malpractice claims against Veterans Administration … Continue reading “Opening a Door to Malpractice Suits”

Legal help for veterans: Taking the case for those who have taken up arms

Legal help for veterans: Taking the case for those who have taken up arms   by Buzz McClain Veterans of combat often return home from conflict zones with mental and emotional traumas. Sometimes those traumas lead to unhealthy or illegal involvement in drugs and alcohol. If veterans are apprehended in Fairfax County, Va., chances are … Continue reading “Legal help for veterans: Taking the case for those who have taken up arms”

Department of Defense Undertakes Records Review for Discharges and Records Related to Updated Policies on Mental Health, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Assault, and Gender Identification

By Spring 2017 M-VETS Student Advisor Anne Kidd On December 30, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) announced renewed efforts to reach out to veterans regarding their discharge and military records. This effort follows recent changes in DoD policies on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), sexual orientation, sexual assault, and gender identification. Requests for Discharge … Continue reading “Department of Defense Undertakes Records Review for Discharges and Records Related to Updated Policies on Mental Health, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Assault, and Gender Identification”

The Impact of Executive Order 13730 on Military Justice!

By M-VETS Student Advisor Fall 2016 Over the past year, President Obama has signed two Executive Orders amending the Manual for Courts-Martial (Executive Orders 13730 and 13740). Additionally, on November 29, 2016, the Joint Service Committee announced modifications to the 2017 Manual for Courts-Martial.[1]  While the 2016 amendments and proposed 2017 amendments cover a wide … Continue reading “The Impact of Executive Order 13730 on Military Justice!”

Religious Freedom in the Military as viewed through the Sterling case

Religious Freedom in the Military as viewed through the Sterling case By M-VETS Student Advisor Lisa Mathews The oral arguments in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Services were held on a cool morning in April 2016 in Washington, DC. The room was packed with JAG, media, and members of … Continue reading “Religious Freedom in the Military as viewed through the Sterling case”

Gulf War Syndrome: A Condition Felt By Many, But Known By Few

Gulf War Syndrome: A Condition Felt By Many, But Known By Few by Jameson Goodell Veterans often face many adverse effects from serving in combat. There are combat-related injuries and often many mental health effects. However for many veterans who served in the First Persian Gulf War there is another major health effect caused by … Continue reading “Gulf War Syndrome: A Condition Felt By Many, But Known By Few”

M-VETS Student Advisors Participate in the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition

For the first time in program history, two Student Advisors with The Antonin Scalia Law School Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) participated in the 2016 National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.  Matthew McIntee and Rodger Nayak, third year law students at Scalia Law School … Continue reading “M-VETS Student Advisors Participate in the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition”