M-VETS Prevails in Securing Judgment for Veteran’s Security Deposit

(Pictured: Casey Hunt, Michael Vlcek) In October of 2018, the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic represented a veteran and his wife at trial in General District Court to recover their $2,000 security deposit held by their former landlords. In a nearly five-hour long trial, M-VETS student advisors Casey Hunt and Michael Vlcek conducted an … Continue reading “M-VETS Prevails in Securing Judgment for Veteran’s Security Deposit”

Protecting our Servicemembers and Military from Predatory Lending

By Fall 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor Our nation’s brave soldiers can be preyed upon, not only on the battlefield, but also in our nation’s financial marketplaces.[1] Several key characteristics make our servicemembers more apt to becoming preyed upon financially. Servicembers are generally young and lack financial sophistication, robust savings, or guidance from family members; they also … Continue reading “Protecting our Servicemembers and Military from Predatory Lending”

Criminal Justice vs. Military Justice

By Fall 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor Stephanie Musilek The civilian criminal justice system exists to serve several purposes including obtaining justice for victims, punishing wrongdoers, and deterring future wrongs, but also providing due process of law to those accused of wrongdoing, thus ensuring fairness in the process. In this system, there are many players who all … Continue reading “Criminal Justice vs. Military Justice”

When the 12-Year Time Limit to Use Chapter 31 Vocational Benefits Does Not Apply

By Fall 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor Tyler Whidby Many veterans are told by Vocational Rehabilitation counselors that they are not eligible for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation services because 12 years or more has passed since the disabled veteran separated from the military. While this is an important fact, it is often an incorrect reason for a benefits … Continue reading “When the 12-Year Time Limit to Use Chapter 31 Vocational Benefits Does Not Apply”

Presidential Succession: An Unsolved National Security Risk

By Fall 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor Michael Vlcek The United States would face a crisis in leadership if the President and the Vice President are simultaneously killed or removed from office. The United States does not have a clear Presidential succession plan, which is a national security necessity for a country with the largest military[1] and … Continue reading “Presidential Succession: An Unsolved National Security Risk”

So Why Not Bladder Cancer?

By Summer 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor Keith Bishop[1] 16,000 Americans are expected to die of bladder cancer every year.[2] Bladder cancer patients pass blood in their urine, suffer painful urination, and may suffer other symptoms such as back pain.[3] Surgeries of various types are the most common treatment, including Transurethral Resection, in which a physician inserts … Continue reading “So Why Not Bladder Cancer?”

M-VETS Provides Pro Bono Wills for Veterans at American Legion Post 139 over Veterans Day Weekend

(Pictured: Chris Babic, Jessica O’Connell, Leigh Winstead, Casey Hunt) The Antonin Scalia Law School Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) inaugural “Wills for Veterans” program was hosted by American Legion Post 139 in Arlington, Virginia on 10-11 November 2018. Along with M-VETS staff and Adjunct Faculty, Jessica O’Connell, M-VETS student-advisors Casey Hunt, Quinn Kahsay, … Continue reading “M-VETS Provides Pro Bono Wills for Veterans at American Legion Post 139 over Veterans Day Weekend”

The Military Needs To Go Beyond Its Current Reactive Approach to PTSD

Summer 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor Maurice Hinton The military and Congress have recently answered the bell in responding to current medical science in offering solutions for servicemembers and veterans that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”). Considering PTSD was not officially recognized until 1980 when the American Psychiatric Association added to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of … Continue reading “The Military Needs To Go Beyond Its Current Reactive Approach to PTSD”

Veteran Educational Assistance Laws

Summer 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor David Kaplan Servicemembers’ education benefits are an important incentive tool for the United States government to recruit and retain highly qualified persons for the armed forced. Ever since the initial adoption of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act in 1944 [1], the quality of servicemembers’ education benefits remain in flux as the national interest … Continue reading “Veteran Educational Assistance Laws”