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  • Virginia creates legal guide for service members, veterans

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    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s attorney general has created a new resource guide with information on things like taxes and education for military service members and veterans.

    The Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide created by Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is aimed at helping military families and veterans learn about the rights, resources and legal protections they’re provided because of their service.

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  • Veterans' Access to Medical Marijuana Hinges on Monday Vote

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    A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. A vote on Monday could be the end of the line this year in another attempt to pass it.

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  • VA officials say veterans court program is a success

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    JONESBORO, Ark. — Two years after 2nd Judicial District Veterans Court was instituted, the numbers show that veterans don't seem too keen on finishing the program.
     
    The veterans court program was established in 2015 to help veterans, who have entered the judicial system because of factors related to their military service, assimilate back into civilian life. 
     

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  • Washington State Patrol Agrees to $15M Settlement In Veterans Hiring, Promotion Case

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    The Washington State Patrol has agreed to a $15 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over the hiring and promotion of military veterans. The case involves troopers and trooper applicants who did not receive preference points for their service in the military as mandated by state law.

    As a result, some weren’t hired by the state patrol. Others like Sgt. Christina Martin—the lead plaintiff in the case—had to wait longer to get promoted.

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  • Pardons Give Deported Veterans Hope, but No Promises

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    Easter weekend came to Army veteran Hector Barajas-Varela with a gift – the kind he could hope for but hadn’t dared expect at the small shelter he runs for deported veterans in Tijuana, Mexico.

    The California governor on Saturday pardoned Barajas-Varela and two other honorably discharged veterans who were deported from the United States after serving prison terms for criminal convictions.

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  • How lawyers can incress veterans' access to legal services

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    The ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative is the ABA’s most important one this year. At the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, three lawyers who have been involved in developing legal services programs for former and active military personnel provided how-to guidance and tips for others interested in doing the same.

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  • Are military veterans more likely for shooting sprees?

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    After Esteban Santiago killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport on Jan. 6, reports trickled out that the Iraq War veteran had returned from his 2011 combat tour a “changed man.”

    His rampage follows seven other times since 2009 that a veteran of the post-9/11 war era unleashed a shooting spree.

    But that tally of events shouldn’t be seen as a trend, experts said.

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  • $4 million in federal funds allotted to open more veteran treatment courts

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    WASHINGTON – Four days after Tim Wynn return home from Iraq, the former Marine Corps sergeant was arrested in Philadelphia on assault charges.

    In subsequent years, he was arrested six more times.

    For Wynn, who participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, there was “really no transition back” from war, he said. He struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.

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  • ABA's Veterans Legal Services Initiative aims to create online resource, mobilize lawyers

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    ABA President Linda Klein has announced an effort to provide legal representation and resources for veterans.
     
    Klein says in a video that she became aware of the needs of veterans when members of her law firm volunteered at a homeless shelter. She learned that over half the needs of homeless veterans are legal.
     
    The ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative launched by Klein will be led by a 20-member volunteer commission, according to a press release. The commission is expected to:

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  • Veterans Legal Clinic publishes report, files rulemaking petition on access to the VA for veterans with ‘bad-paper’ discharges

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    More than 125,000 veterans who have served since 9/11 are denied access to basic services like health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a report by the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. The report, “Underserved,” presents new findings about how the VA’s regulations exclude hundreds of thousands of veterans with “bad-paper” discharges, contrary to the text and intent of the 1944 G.I. Bill of Rights, which established the current VA eligibility standard.

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