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”

Missing in Action: Will We Ever Know the Truth Behind the Vietnam Live-POW Claims?

By Spring 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor Steven Brantley In February of 1994, almost 20 years after the end of American involvement in the Vietnam War, President Bill Clinton lifted the decades-old trade embargo that the United States of America had in place on the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.[1]  Shortly thereafter, in August 1995, President Clinton officially … Continue reading “Missing in Action: Will We Ever Know the Truth Behind the Vietnam Live-POW Claims?”

VETREPRENEURSHIP: Making the American Dream a Reality for Military Veterans

By Spring 2018 M-VETS Student-Advisor David A.L. Brown For many recruits to the U.S. military, one of the principal motivations for serving is the promise of success in a post-military career. We’ve heard from commercials, pamphlets, professional conferences, and in countless anecdotes that the military builds the character and skills necessary to be successful leaders … Continue reading “VETREPRENEURSHIP: Making the American Dream a Reality for Military Veterans”