The History and Significance of the Navy Jack

[1] By Fall 2017 M-VETS Student-Advisor Rob Popovitch The Navy Jack has an interesting but somewhat convoluted history. Throughout many years the flag has symbolized revolution, strength, rebellion and commemoration. The history of how the modern Navy Jack came to exist is not 100% certain.[2]  However, most believe that the flag originated when the ships … Continue reading “The History and Significance of the Navy Jack”

“Team RWB: Enriching the Lives of Veterans and Civilians Together”

By Fall 2017 M-VETS Student-Advisor Amy Hilton To be clear, I am not a veteran, nor have I ever served in the United States Military. I am a female, a civilian, and a close friend of many veterans and active-duty members of each of the branches of the U.S. Military.  I did not grow up … Continue reading ““Team RWB: Enriching the Lives of Veterans and Civilians Together””

President Trump’s Policy Banning Transgender Individuals in the Military

By Fall 2017 M-VETS Student-Advisor In what was one of his most controversial actions as president thus far, on July 26, 2017 President Donald Trump issued a series of tweets addressing transgender policy in the U.S. Military.[1]  The tweets stated, “[a]fter consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States … Continue reading “President Trump’s Policy Banning Transgender Individuals in the Military”

Why Veterans Cannot Sue the Government

By Fall 2017 M-VETS Student-Advisor Emma Devaney Signing up for military service requires making some personal sacrifices. Sacrifices that result in injury, disability or disease have been addressed by our government since the country’s founding.  Since 1930 the Veterans Administration (“VA”) has been tasked with the responsibility of providing disability compensation and medical services to … Continue reading “Why Veterans Cannot Sue the Government”

M-VETS Prevails at Trial in Landlord-Tenant Dispute

The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Clinic (M-VETS) won a favorable verdict for a client, a Coast Guard and Marine Corps Veteran, in Stafford County Circuit Court last month. The client sought and recovered the return of his security deposit from his former landlord, who withheld the entire deposit, in part, to pay for damages the … Continue reading “M-VETS Prevails at Trial in Landlord-Tenant Dispute”

M-VETS Finalizes Step-Parent Adoptions for Two Families of Active Duty Servicemembers

(Pictured: Leigh Winstead, Bonnie Kelly, Anna Dryden) The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) successfully assisted two military families in filing and finalizing step-parent adoptions this fall. The first family of an active duty Marine sought the clinic’s assistance in finalizing the adoption of the Marine’s four-year-old stepdaughter. The Servicemember, who met his wife … Continue reading “M-VETS Finalizes Step-Parent Adoptions for Two Families of Active Duty Servicemembers”

PTSD and the Link to Obesity

By Fall 2017 M-VETS Student-Advisor Bonnie Kelly Seventy percent of American adults are overweight or obese.[1]  Within the military about 7.8% of personnel are now considered overweight up from 1.6% in 2001.[2]  Being overweight is unhealthy for anyone, but it causes specific problems for service members, including the possibility of administrative separation for weight control … Continue reading “PTSD and the Link to Obesity”

M-VETS Finalizes Divorce for Active Duty Servicemember

The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (“M-VETS”) recently finalized a divorce for an active duty servicemember in the United States Air Force after two years of drafting a property settlement agreement and navigating the divorce through the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Not only was M-VETS able to complete the divorce without the servicemember having … Continue reading “M-VETS Finalizes Divorce for Active Duty Servicemember”

Can POTUS, in his Capacity as Commander in Chief, Change Military Policy Via Twitter?

By Summer 2017 M-VETS Student-Advisor On July 26, 2017, President Trump issued a series of three tweets addressing transgender service in the U.S. Military.  He declared:[1] The President’s “policy pronouncement” directly contradicts implemented DOD policy still actively listed on DoD’s website here. On July 28, 2015, then Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, issued a Memorandum … Continue reading “Can POTUS, in his Capacity as Commander in Chief, Change Military Policy Via Twitter?”

M-VETS Student-Advisors Awarded Public Service and Outstanding Student Awards

Former M-VETS student-advisors were recently awarded the Emerging Leader in Public Service award and the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award. M-VETS student-advisor Jamesian D. Emmanuel was awarded the Antonin Scalia Law School Emerging Leader in Public Service award for his contributions in public service while attending Scalia Law, while M-VETS student-advisor C.J. … Continue reading “M-VETS Student-Advisors Awarded Public Service and Outstanding Student Awards”