Written By Summer 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Megan Huppee.
Introduction – What is Supported Decision-Making?
Supported Decision-Making (“SDM”) is an informal or formal way individuals can have trustworthy people help them make decisions. SDM has evolved as one alternative to guardianship. Read more
Written By Summer 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor David Zhang.
This blog post is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. Read more
Written By Spring 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Anne Cotter.
On April 7, 2021, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) announced that it had formed the Discharge Appeal Review Board (“DARB”). The DoD established the DARB pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 1553a to conduct a final review of a veteran’s request for a discharge upgrade. Read more
Written By Spring 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Raphael Johnson.
The Department of Defense reaffirmed its commitment to protecting and supporting victims of domestic violence by extending Special Victim Counsel services to military-connected victims of domestic violence. The Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act directed the Department of Defense to extend Special Victim Counsel services to personnel previously not authorized assistance from military attorneys, uniformed and civilian. Read more
Written By Spring 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Alana Nielson.
“I wanted to believe in the Navy’s ability to properly handle cases of sexual assault. However, after having been through the process, it became clear that while step one [reporting the assault] is for the victim, all else is done explicitly for the image of the Navy, and the process caters to the perpetrators.” Read more
Written By Spring 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor.
During his confirmation hearing Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III promised to “fight hard to stamp out sexual assault, to rid our ranks of racists and extremists, and to create a climate where everyone fit and willing has the opportunity to serve this country with dignity.” Read more
Written By Spring 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Alexandra Morgan.
For almost 10 years, the suicide rate among veterans has been 1.5 times higher than the rate for non-veteran adults. Suicide is not an easy topic for anyone. Often times, the brave men and women who selflessly join the U.S. Read more
Written By Spring 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Brady Clapp.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (“UCMJ”) is the Congressionally enacted set of federal laws that governs criminal law for the military. Beyond simply listing the various crimes punishable by military law, the UCMJ also sets forth the scope and jurisdiction of military law. Read more
Written By Spring 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Samantha E. Lewis.
Hound, puppy, pooch, doggie, man’s best friend… dogs sure do carry many names. Other than being cute and fluffy companions, dogs can potentially serve many other important purposes, and the research on what they can do for those with mental health conditions is ever evolving. Read more
Written By Spring 2021 M-VETS Student Advisor Arianna Drerup.
The Hagel Memorandum, and subsequently the Kurta Memorandum, require the Discharge Review Boards (DBRs) to give “liberal consideration” to “veterans petitioning for discharge relief when the application for relief is based in whole or in part on matters relating to mental health conditions, including PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]; TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury]; sexual assault; or sexual harassment.” Read more