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  • VA ready to hire dozens more specialists to give legal help to veterans at medical centers

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    The Veterans Affairs Department announced Tuesday that it is ready to hire an additional 50 outreach specialists to help veterans in the judicial system after President Trump signed into law Tuesday the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018.

    The law requires the VA to hire the new specialists over the next year and then place them at VA medical centers in need of their services. They will help veterans impacted by the justice system while working in the Veterans Treatment Courts or other court focused on veterans.

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  • Court ruling could extend disability benefits to thousands of injured veterans

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    WASHINGTON — Thousands of veterans previously denied disability benefits for pain issues related to their military service may now be eligible for that assistance, thanks to a federal court ruling this week.

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  • More than 133,000 vets may qualify for this tax refund windfall

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    More than 133,000 veterans may qualify for a refund of federal taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991 ― taxes that shouldn’t have been collected in the first place.

    Within the next month, Defense Department officials will send notification letters to veterans that they may be eligible for the refund, said Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, executive director of the Armed Forces Tax Council.

    Eligible veterans will have a year after they receive the notice to file a claim for the refund.

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  • Illinois to require veterans treatment courts across state in 2018

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    CHICAGO — A law passed last year requires every judicial circuit in Illinois to have a veterans treatment court starting Jan. 1.

    The courts allow veterans who were honorably discharged to plead guilty to a crime in exchange for a probation sentence, The Chicago Tribune reported. The sentence requires frequent court visits and mental health or substance abuse treatment.

    Veterans also can apply to have their records expunged upon completing the sentence. Those who use the courts typically face lower level felonies.

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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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