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Las Vegas, NV (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2017 – In 2007, U.S. Army Specialist Jorge G. Sandoval Jr. was charged with murder by the very government he had sworn to serve. While deployed to the most dangerous area in Iraq known as the “Triangle of Death,” Sandoval, an airborne infantryman and elite sniper, was instructed to “take the shot” and kill an enemy insurgent wearing civilian clothes. Two weeks later, Army Criminal Investigation Command descended upon Sandoval’s unit and began interrogating the soldiers, trying to link Sandoval and others to war crimes, including murder. Captain Craig W. Drummond was […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2017 – President Donald Trump announced the selection of David Shulkin as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in January. The decision ended a lengthy search for a qualified individual to lead the sprawling federal agency that comprises a nationwide network of 1,700 medical facilities. Trump said he and his transition team interviewed “at least 100 people” to find the right person to take on the responsibility of improving veterans care. They ultimately decided to look for someone inside the VA. The decision means Shulkin, 57, would be the first serving […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2016 – An Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sued American Airlines after she was humiliated multiple times and prevented from boarding a flight with her service dog. Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Lisa McCombs was trying to fly home to Gulfport, Mississippi, from Kansas on October 25, 2015. According to the complaint, airline agents refused to let McCombs pass through security with Jake, her certified service dog, despite having valid documentation. The Labrador retriever was also harnessed and wearing his service vest as per airline requirements. “It is disappointing that a veteran endured such […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2016 – On January 13, 2016, bipartisan members of Congress introduced a bill to address inequities arising out of a recent amendment to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that affects certain persons with dual nationalities. “In less than one month from passage of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 in late December 2015, bipartisan legislation has been introduced to eliminate clear discrimination against certain dual nationals of visa waiver countries and of Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Sudan,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2016 – On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The bill contained several immigration provisions which amended the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and extended several programs until September 30, 2016, including E-Verify, Special Immigrant Religious Workers, The Conrad 30, and EB-5 Regional Centers provisions. The appropriations law changed the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) in several significant ways. Under the VWP, nationals from 38 countries may visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without applying for a B-1/B-2 visa at a U.S. consular post […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2015 – A new study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense has found that women in the military are at the same risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as men with similar combat experiences. Researchers examined more than 2,300 pairs of male and female active-duty troops and veterans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan at least once. They did not have PTSD at the beginning of the study. Participants were matched based on variables such as age, race, marital status, alcohol use, combat exposure and military occupation. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2015 – The House passed legislation on July 28 to speed up federal payments to veterans who have complex benefits claims and to raise the benefits compensation rate for disabled veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would be required to pay benefits to veterans as parts of their claim are processed instead of waiting until the entire case is finished. According to the bill’s sponsor Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), the typical benefits claim for Afghanistan and Iraq veterans is made up of eight components. She said the measure would “allow veterans […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2015 – Condition may be missed as military does not track veterans without post-explosion concussion. Men and women in uniform have always been exposed to a variety of risks during combat duty, but the jeopardy to one’s health for serving on the battlefield has not always been immediately apparent. Indeed, conditions such as Gulf War Syndrome or post-traumatic stress disorder often appear some time after a service member has returned home from duty. And now a new study points to the heightened risk of faster than normal aging of the brain that veterans […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2015 – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) have launched a new caucus of congressional members who served in the military post-9/11. The caucus will focus on issues faced by veterans who have served since 9/11, a group which encompasses 2.8 million of the nation’s veterans. “Post-9/11 veterans represent the youngest generation of veterans. At a time when Congress includes a record-low number of veterans, a caucus representing this unique group could help ensure that Congress better meets the needs of the veteran population,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2015 – On March 25, the military pledged to provide appropriate treatment and awards for injured service members. In a rare expression of military contrition, Under Secretary Brad R. Carson apologized for the Army’s substandard treatment of U.S. troops who were exposed to chemical weapons while serving in Iraq. The under secretary also spelled out new measures to provide medical care for those veterans suffering from chemical exposure and to recognize veterans harmed by chemicals who had previously been denied awards. Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appointed Carson last fall to oversee […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2015 – Divorce is notably less prevalent now than it was 20 to 30 years ago. The percentage of lasting marriages has been rising in the general population of the United States, particularly among couples who have wed since the 1990s. And on March 4, the Defense Department announced that military divorces, too, have become less common. In 2014, the number of such breakups dropped to their lowest point since 2005. The Pentagon reported that 3.1 percent of married officers and enlisted service members had divorced by the end of 2014 – a […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – Many veterans develop drug and alcohol addiction related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home, and they may end up facing criminal charges as a result of these issues. Michigan currently has 20 veterans treatment courts designed to provide alternative consequences and treatments specific to the veteran population. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD. This issue is closely related to another striking statistic – in 2004, about 10 percent of inmates were veterans. “Veterans with PTSD are much […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2015 – Congressional resistance mounted against a cost-saving measure enacted as part of a shrinking Army force. This summer, the Army began a drawdown of forces that will reduce the service to about 450,000, which is its smallest size since World War II. Unfortunately, the cost-saving measures scheduled to accompany the cut in forces had an unappealing consequence for a group of captains whose benefits were downgraded to sergeants’ benefits.  In response, opposition to the plan materialized in Congress, and on December 15, the Army announced that it was reversing course on its […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Researchers at Boston University have published a new study exploring the links between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and unemployment. The researchers found that 45 percent of the 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans diagnosed with TBI were unemployed. That rate far exceeds both the national unemployment rate and the general unemployment rate among veterans. “This study makes it clear that we need to work harder to ensure that every veteran with TBI gets proper treatment and support,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney. “TBI causes a range of physical and psychological […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2014 – Last month, the New York Times reported that a number of U.S. troops were denied medical care for their exposure to Iraqi chemical weapons due to government concerns about secrecy. The affected troops, who were exposed to mustard and other nerve agents, were told to keep their exposure and injuries a secret — even from their doctors — as a matter of security. The exposure occurred during discoveries of stockpiles of old weapons.  The U.S. government has not given any official response to the report, but insiders claim that Defense Secretary […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2014 – Chemical weapon stockpiles left over from the Gulf War harmed and sickened U.S. troops who encountered them in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. Approximately 250,000 U.S. veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War suffered the debilitating symptoms of what become known as Gulf War Syndrome. Official recognition of the syndrome did not come until a Congressionally-mandated committee classified it as a distinct condition in 2008.  Now, reports are surfacing that some of the same deadly agents that triggered GWS, along with additional caustic substances left over from the Gulf War, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2013 – During the last dozen years in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and Marine Corps have been studying the most common type of injury experienced by service members — musculoskeletal injuries. Stress and strain from carrying a heavy pack, dismounting with that gear and combat wounds have all caused chronic pain issues. The Army has been treating chronic pain in soldiers for a number of years, and is now on the hunt to treat chronic pain with fewer painkillers as part of a comprehensive pain management system. “Chronic pain is an ongoing […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 – Sentinels of Freedom is a nonprofit organization which provides wounded vets with assistance through what it calls “life scholarships.” These life scholarships can help the veteran make major life changes after returning home, including obtaining a home of their own, heading back to school or obtaining with much-needed health care. “So many vets would benefit from all sorts of support as they transition back to civilian life, as would their families,” commented Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. The Sentinels of Freedom program began in California, launched by the father of a son who was wounded […]


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