Sexual Assault in the Military

By Eric Cheung- Spring 2014 CLASV Student Advisor The military is said to be regimented, structured, and orderly to help mold individuals to follow commands instinctively.   This system is instilled in the very beginning of an individual’s military career.  The military provides a methodically planned schedule for all their recruits.  Each detail is laid out … Continue reading “Sexual Assault in the Military”

How to Claim VA Benefits Without a Discharge Upgrade: Character of Service Determinations

By Kevin Hill, Spring 2014 CLASV Student Advisor If you were discharged from active duty with a less than fully Honorable military discharge, you have what is called “bad paper.”  Any discharge of less than an Honorable may have implications upon health care and educational benefits once transitioning from combat to community life. Discharge under … Continue reading “How to Claim VA Benefits Without a Discharge Upgrade: Character of Service Determinations”

Getting Your Legal Affairs in Order Before You Deploy

By Michelle Caton ’13, Fall 2013 CLASV Student Advisor Preparing for a deployment involves a seemingly endless stream of paperwork, meetings, and decisions. In the hectic weeks prior to departing, it can be easy to overlook some important actions that you can do to make life for yourself and your family a little simpler while … Continue reading “Getting Your Legal Affairs in Order Before You Deploy”

Security Clearance Considerations when Leaving Military Service

By: Garrett VanPelt, CLASV Student Advisor Summer 2013 Many servicemembers receive security clearances during their military service and these clearances can be a distinct advantage when transferring into the civilian workforce.  The high cost of obtaining a fresh security clearance is a large incentive for employers to hire servicemembers with current clearance investigations; however, servicemembers … Continue reading “Security Clearance Considerations when Leaving Military Service”

Down Goes DOMA: The Affect on the U.S. Military

By Linda Tran, Summer 2013 CLASV Student Advisor When the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) became effective in 1996, it prevented the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex couples for the purpose of federal laws or programs.[1]  Same-sex spouses were denied federal benefits such as Social Security, veterans’ benefits, health insurance, and … Continue reading “Down Goes DOMA: The Affect on the U.S. Military”

Veterans’ Courts: A Judicial Model for Treating the Invisible Wounds of War

By J. Justin Collins, CLASV AmeriCorps Summer 13 Fellow & Student Advisor Since 2001, approximately 2.2 Million servicemen and women have deployed overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (“OEF”) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (“OIF”). [i]  Of these deployed servicemembers, 36.7% took small arms fire, 48% killed an enemy combatant, 51% handled human remains, 28% were … Continue reading “Veterans’ Courts: A Judicial Model for Treating the Invisible Wounds of War”

Are Disability Benefits Received in Lieu of Retirement Pay Divisible Marital Property?

 By Jessica O’Connell GMUSL ’13, CLASV Spring 2013 Student Advisor Military divorce cases involve a complex convergence of state and federal laws.  States vary in their interpretation and application of the federal laws governing veterans’ disability benefits and their use in divorce proceedings.  Last October, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider this issue, which … Continue reading “Are Disability Benefits Received in Lieu of Retirement Pay Divisible Marital Property?”

Preparing for the Unique Challenges of a Military Divorce

By:  John Austin Timberlake, CLASV Spring 2013 Student Advisor The prospect of filing for divorce and process itself can be difficult in any marriage, and there are many challenges that couples must face and issues that neither thought of going into it.  Military divorces have the potential to add further complications due to the unique … Continue reading “Preparing for the Unique Challenges of a Military Divorce”