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New VA Regulations on Character of Discharge and Eligibility

By Citizen Soldier Law |

Eligibility for VA Benefits can be a challenging affair.  If you are seeking assistance, the Sergeants, Human Resources-trained Sergeants and retired Judge Advocates can assist. Fill out one of our “contact us” forms and we will review your intake without charge and recommend the right lawyer for you or help you ourselves. If you… Read More »

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Enlistment into the military and relevant waivers

By Citizen Soldier Law |

ENLISTMENT WAIVERS – What an important consideration and there is a process for those with medical issues or misconduct.   Hopefully this helps and contact the retired and still-serving Sergeants/ NCOs and retired Judge Advocates at our firm for a more in depth review of your goals. Recruiting and Enlistment Waivers for Medical and Misconduct… Read More »

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Unfitting Conditions and Request for PEB to Amend the DA 199 Informal Rating Decision

By Citizen Soldier Law |

Based on our 35 year old client’s completion of Basic Training, despite her significant injuries, we submitted to the PEB in an informal reconsideration that the objective credible evidence clearly supported that her spinal cord injury caused her diagnoses of Spondylolisthesis and Spondylolysis, with the benefit of a civilian MRI.  These spinal cord defects… Read More »

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Grim Reaper is Undefeated

By Citizen Soldier Law |

In the case of the young lady who recently lost her veteran/claimant/spouse, she can recover his benefits and entitlement in what is known as an “accrued claim.”  She must be able to prove one year of marriage at the time of death, continuous cohabitation with the veteran during the marriage or analogous relationship and… Read More »

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Due Process for Midshipmen and Cadets in Academic, Aptitude, Physical or Medical Boards

By Citizen Soldier Law |

Whether as part of a scholarship at Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) assignments or an assignment at a Service Academy and even for non-scholarship ROTC cadets, as I was at Rutgers decades ago, there are procedures that must be followed.  When a lawyer is not defending you, we have seen units take short cuts…. Read More »

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Military Sets New Rules If You Deserve Removal Of A Titling Decision Or You Were “Titled”

By Citizen Soldier Law |

It is a fancy word for a lower standard of evidence, lower than probable cause, and someone’s decision that you might have committed a crime.  Sometimes this decision is made by a young Soldier (military police), Marine, Sailor (master at arms), Coastie or Airman (security forces), who might not be shaving yet, if they… Read More »

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VA Compensation Offset For Drilling Reservists

By Citizen Soldier Law |

Veterans Administration (VA) Offset for drill pay for National Guard and Reserve drilling members If you are having problems with this issue and could use the assistance of a Human Resources, experienced military paralegal or former Judge Advocate lawyers, reach out to us. Here is a lawyer’s hypothetical as posed to me: Vet filed… Read More »

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United States Public Health Service Administrative Hearings

By Citizen Soldier Law |

Whether you have five or 25 years, whether you are a USPHS Commander (O-5) or newly Commissioned, you need to protect your investment in your career. Don’t take chances with your pension, Tricare for Life and even VA benefits. Whether you are suffering from physical or mental health ailments or someone accuses you of… Read More »

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Military Discharge

The Kurta and Hagel Memos are prominently explained in this incredibly important 2023 case.

By Citizen Soldier Law |

If you were discharged without proper consideration by IDES or Integrated Disability Evaluation System, your PEB or MEB Physical or Medical Evaluation Boards, you may have been denied your pension. For me, this is great reading.  Enjoy and the link to the full opinion is at the bottom of this article, which is mostly… Read More »

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CitizenSoldierLaw’s Take On Combat-Related Special Compensation

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Are You Eligible? You must be retired, have a VA rating of at least 10% and currently have your DoD retirement payments reduced by the amount of your VA disability payments. It is an evidence-based system Engaged in armed conflict (in combat or during an occupation or raid), or  Instrumentality of war, simulated combat Hazardous… Read More »

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