COVID-19 and Veterans Benefits: What Veterans Should Know

By Spring 2020 M-VETS Student-Advisor Corey Pray The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of life in one way or another. The veterans community is included among those that have been significantly impacted. As of May 17, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports 12,208 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,005 known … Continue reading “COVID-19 and Veterans Benefits: What Veterans Should Know”

2019 Amendments to the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act benefit Virginia Renters

By Spring 2020 M-VETS Student-Advisor Michelle Yearick The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (“VRLTA”), now codified in the Virginia Code at § 55.1-1200 through § 55.1-1262, has established the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in Virginia since its enactment in 1974.[1] The VRLTA applies to all jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Virginia and … Continue reading “2019 Amendments to the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act benefit Virginia Renters”

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS FOR PTSD – WHY LEGISLATIVE REFORM IS NEEDED TO PROTECT FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS

By Spring 2020 M-VETS Student-Advisor Joshua McKenney In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, frontline health workers around the world are receiving well-deserved social recognition for their efforts. But it is necessary that the law reflect equal recognition for these frontline health workers who place themselves at risk in service to their communities. Specifically, … Continue reading “WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS FOR PTSD – WHY LEGISLATIVE REFORM IS NEEDED TO PROTECT FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS”

Scientific Developments in Detecting Traumatic Brain Injuries

By Spring 2020 M-VETS Student-Advisor Katherine Beard Traumatic brain injuries (“TBIs”) impact thousands of military service members every year. With nearly 20,000 clinically diagnosed TBIs each year for the past five years, service members are at a higher risk of injury than members of the general public.[1] TBIs can have long-lasting, severe impacts that can … Continue reading “Scientific Developments in Detecting Traumatic Brain Injuries”

Small Businesses Supporting Veterans: A Practical Solution To Helping Veterans Within The Community

By Spring 2020 M-VETS Student-Advisor Josh Morrow Veteran issues have been a prominent issue in society for many years, so much so that the federal government budgets over $240 billion to help our Veterans combat these issues. Moreover, in FY 2020, Virginia’s Office Of Veterans And Defense Affairs budgeted roughly $70.7 million towards helping Veterans … Continue reading “Small Businesses Supporting Veterans: A Practical Solution To Helping Veterans Within The Community”

“Outmoded and at Odds with Current Science:” Updating U.S. Military Policy on Servicemembers Living with HIV

By Spring 2020 M-VETS Student-Advisor Holly Kresge Since the introduction of the human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”) to the United States in the 1970s, the medical field has made significant advancements in the treatment of HIV. Prior to the 1990s, testing positive for HIV almost certainly led to death. However, people living with HIV today can … Continue reading ““Outmoded and at Odds with Current Science:” Updating U.S. Military Policy on Servicemembers Living with HIV”

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”