M-VETS Student Advisors Secure Favorable Settlement for Veteran in Landlord/Tenant Matter

(Pictured: Student Advisor Holly Kresge and Student Advisor Corey Pray) In November 2019, the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) successfully negotiated and finalized a settlement on behalf of an Air Force Veteran and his wife in connection with a Tenant’s Assertion claim filed by the couple against their former landlord. Leading up to … Continue reading “M-VETS Student Advisors Secure Favorable Settlement for Veteran in Landlord/Tenant Matter”

M-VETS Prevails for Veteran at the Air Force Discharge Review Board

The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) successfully argued before the Air Force Discharge Review Board (AFDRB) on behalf of a client seeking to receive a change in the narrative reason for separation on a DD 214. The request, filed in 2018, was unanimously approved by the voting members of the AFDRB. The veteran … Continue reading “M-VETS Prevails for Veteran at the Air Force Discharge Review Board”

Why Increased VA Funding in Mental Health Programs Have Lessened Veteran Homelessness

By Fall 2019 M-VETS Student-Advisor Allison Hemmer The number of homeless veterans has steadily declined, with the most recent Point-In-Time (PIT) Count conducted by the VA showing that the rate of homelessness in veterans has dropped 50 percent since 2011.[1] In addition, the PIT count showed a 2.1 percent decrease since the 2018 PIT.[2] This … Continue reading “Why Increased VA Funding in Mental Health Programs Have Lessened Veteran Homelessness”

The Necessity of Reintegration Programs for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress

By Fall 2019 M-VETS Student-Advisor Cassie Bowns Since 2001, nearly three million United States service members have been deployed to either Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn.[1] Of those three million service members, approximately 30% have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).[2] Upon returning from service, veterans diagnosed with PTS … Continue reading “The Necessity of Reintegration Programs for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress”

M-VETS Finalizes Stepparent Adoption for Army Veteran After Birth Mother Loses Battle with Cancer

(Pictured: Rachel Petrik) The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic assisted an Army Veteran in adopting his two adult stepchildren after their birth mother, the Veteran’s wife, passed away from a long battle with cancer. The Veteran married the girls’ mother in 2009, but several years later was himself diagnosed with a treatable form of … Continue reading “M-VETS Finalizes Stepparent Adoption for Army Veteran After Birth Mother Loses Battle with Cancer”

M-VETS Prevails for Iraq Combat Veteran at Board of Veterans’ Appeals Hearing Securing $22,000 in Reimbursement for Post 9/11 GI Bill Payments

(Pictured: Curt Orshoski) A 2014 claim for Post 9/11 GI Bill (“GI Bill”) benefits was finally granted at the 100% payment rate after nearly five years of litigation with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). M-VETS successfully argued at a personal appearance hearing before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) in D.C. for its client … Continue reading “M-VETS Prevails for Iraq Combat Veteran at Board of Veterans’ Appeals Hearing Securing $22,000 in Reimbursement for Post 9/11 GI Bill Payments”

M-VETS Provides Support to Legal Services of Northern Virginia for Freedom Day USA Celebration in Alexandria

(Pictured: M-VETS Student-Advisor Josh Morrow (left) and LSNV Paralegal Richard Lane (right)) The Antonin Scalia Law School Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) provided support to Legal Services of Northern Virginia (“LSNV”) during this year’s Freedom Day USA celebration. Dr. Kathleen Mullaney hosted the Freedom Day USA celebration at her dental office located in … Continue reading “M-VETS Provides Support to Legal Services of Northern Virginia for Freedom Day USA Celebration in Alexandria”

Preserving the Honor of United States Armed Forces’ Awards and Decorations: The Stolen Valor Act

By Summer 2019 M-VETS Student-Advisor Lillia J. Damalouji Stolen valor, or the act of falsely claiming military service or displaying falsely-earned military decorations, medals, or badges, is an extensive problem throughout the United States that has sparked a myriad of governmental responses. In a year-long nationwide operation jointly conducted by the Department of Justice and … Continue reading “Preserving the Honor of United States Armed Forces’ Awards and Decorations: The Stolen Valor Act”

From Corregidor To Congress’ Corridors: The Fight For Filipino WWII Veterans’ Benefits

By Summer 2019 M-VETS Student-Advisor Jacquelyn Cabada Branscomb History In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt put out a call for Filipinos to fight alongside the American forces against the Japanese invasion of the Philippine Islands.[1] During that time, the Philippines was still a commonwealth of the United States. Under this Presidential Military Order on July 26, … Continue reading “From Corregidor To Congress’ Corridors: The Fight For Filipino WWII Veterans’ Benefits”

A new American LEGION post will offer legal assistance for veterans with counselors from Mason’s law school

Local American Legion posts hopeful new law will boost membership ranks BRIAN TROMPETER, Sun Gazette Newspapers American Legion posts nationwide, including Post 180 in Vienna, will have the opportunity to gain more members because of a newly passed federal law. (Photo by Brian Trompeter) American Legion leaders are upbeat following President Trump’s signing July 30 … Continue reading “A new American LEGION post will offer legal assistance for veterans with counselors from Mason’s law school”