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A World Without Roe: What Effects Overturning Roe v. Wade May Have on Women in the Military

Written by Spring 2022 M-VETS Student Advisor Blake Pendleton. In early May 2022, a draft opinion of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization et al. was leaked to the public.[1] According to the draft, the Supreme Court appears set to overturn Roe v. Wade later this summer, effectively eliminating federal constitutional protections of abortion rights.[2] … Continue reading “A World Without Roe: What Effects Overturning Roe v. Wade May Have on Women in the Military”

Title 32 and Title 10 Stateside Deployments for Army National Guard Servicemembers

Written By Spring 2022 M-VETS Student Advisor Stephanie Whiteley. The Army National Guard is unique from the other military branches. Unlike the active-duty Army or the Army Reserves, Army National Guard Servicemembers (“SMs”) play a dual role. They support both state and federal missions. Whether a SM responds to a state or federal mission determines … Continue reading “Title 32 and Title 10 Stateside Deployments for Army National Guard Servicemembers”

Plan Ahead: The Process and Pitfalls of Buying Back Your Military Time

Written By Spring 2022 M-VETS Student Advisor Stuart Cerutti. For many United States Servicemembers, their commitment to this this nation does not stop at the end of their military career. Many service members continue their commitment to the United States by acting in different role within the United States Federal Government.[1] The transition from the … Continue reading “Plan Ahead: The Process and Pitfalls of Buying Back Your Military Time”

Should I Talk to Someone? Counseling FAQs: A Mental Health Resource Guide to Counseling and Substance Abuse Recovery for Active-Duty Personnel

Written By Spring 2022 M-VETS Student Advisor Hannah Petruzzi. **Military Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, then press 1; or text 838255 to access online chat[1]** Awareness of mental health issues, especially those pervasive throughout the armed services, has grown substantially over the last decade.[2] Prior research found high rates of mental health problems among United States servicemembers … Continue reading “Should I Talk to Someone? Counseling FAQs: A Mental Health Resource Guide to Counseling and Substance Abuse Recovery for Active-Duty Personnel”

Time in Grade Requirements for Officer Retirements: How Long Must I Serve in Grade to be Eligible for Retirement at my Current Rank?

Written by Spring 2022 M-VETS Student Advisor Carl Chandler. Most soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and guardians are aware that in order to be eligible for retirement at their current rank, they must serve for a set amount of time in that rank before applying for retirement.  However, recent changes wrought in military personnel law have … Continue reading “Time in Grade Requirements for Officer Retirements: How Long Must I Serve in Grade to be Eligible for Retirement at my Current Rank?”

MST: What is it and what can we do to help?

By Spring 2022 M-VETS Student Advisor Besa Bucaj. MST What is it? Military Sexual Trauma or “MST” refers to sexual assault or sexual harassment experienced during military service.[1] Sadly, MST is somewhat common in the military, as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 50 men have stated they experienced MST.[2] While the rate of … Continue reading “MST: What is it and what can we do to help?”

Changes are Coming and Have Come to Sexual Assault Prosecutions in the Military

Written by Spring 2022 M-VETS Student Advisor Doug Boyle. Introduction/Proposed Reforms Sexual assault in the military has been a major public issue, particularly over the past decade. The issue was prominently highlighted by the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Specialist (“SPC”) Vanessa Guillen. In April 2020, SPC Guillen was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas … Continue reading “Changes are Coming and Have Come to Sexual Assault Prosecutions in the Military”

Veterans’ Benefits for Burn Pit Victims: Expanding the list of presumptive illnesses

Written by Fall 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor John Madigan. “Infantry wins battles, logistics wins wars.”[1] Logistics management, therefore, has a preeminent place in the design of a campaign. In Iraq and Afghanistan, getting the necessary supplies to forward units was hard enough – it wasn’t uncommon for Forward Operating Bases to be supplied by airdrop … Continue reading “Veterans’ Benefits for Burn Pit Victims: Expanding the list of presumptive illnesses”

DOD’s Vaccine Mandate: What is it? And What are Your Options?

Written by Fall 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Chapman Good. The DOD’s Vaccine Mandate has caused quite a stir over the past several months. This writer would like to leave the politics up to the politicians and focus on what this means for our service members across the country. The Secretary of Defense instituted the Mandate … Continue reading “DOD’s Vaccine Mandate: What is it? And What are Your Options?”

From Hard Look To No Look Review

Written by Fall 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Zach Kobokovich. Introduction Imagine you are suffering from severe anxiety while serving in the military.[1] You attempt to persevere and continue serving your country, but the mental struggle wears on you constantly and makes your day-to-day existence extremely challenging. As an ill-advised means of self-medicating, you turn to … Continue reading “From Hard Look To No Look Review”