Family Matters

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The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide

This detailed 600 page Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide was originally developed by Veterans for America and is now made available free of charge by the National Veterans Legal Services Program on their website. It was published in 2009 so more recent changes will not be included.
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Postponing a Lawsuit Against You

What if I am sued while on active duty?

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Benefits at Separation

This is a quick summary of several important benefits. The chart shows whether you may qualify, based on your discharge status.

Domestic Violence and Alleged Abusers

Despite the need to access weaponry, servicemembers who have engaged in certain acts, such as perpetrating domestic violence against an intimate partner or being convicted of a felony, may be prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
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Family Care Plan

Why is a Family Care Plan important?
If you’re in the military, then you can benefit from having a Family Care Plan. You are required to have one in some situations. Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 1342.19 states when a family care plan is required. Each branch of service has its own guidelines.

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouses and Children

DIC is a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to eligible survivors of the following:
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Child Custody and Military Service

Deployment of a parent can have an obvious impact on child custody plans, creating stress on parents and children.

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Where Can I Get Legal Help with an Out-of-State Child Support Modification?

Legal help with out-of-state child support modifications

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Emancipation and Military Service

Learn more about Emancipation and how that effects Military Service.
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Supplemental Programs

These VA programs are helpful but may not cover all of your school expenses. So you may need to look for other programs that can help you to make up the difference.