Family Matters

M21 Compensation Based on Individual Unemployability (IU)

Read for more information on M21 compensation based on individual unemployability (IU).
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Should I Opt Into the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)?

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) created a flyer providing information to veterans deciding whether to opt into the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP). RAMP is not a good fit for everyone. This information will help you decide if RAMP is a good fit for you. 

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Legal Services Organizations by State

Every State has one or more organizations that provide free legal services for low-income individuals and families. Many military and veteran families may qualify for this assistance.

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Interactive Form - Motion to Stay Proceedings

You and your family have certain legal protections when you are called into active duty military service. These laws apply to members of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard and other uniformed services. A law providing many of these protections is called the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). This law helps protect members of the military and their families from financial and legal harm because of military service.
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Interactive Form - SCRA Letter from Commanding Officer

You and your family have certain legal protections when you are called into active duty military service. These laws apply to members of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard and other uniformed services.
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SCRA Claims: How to Get Attorney Help

Learn more about the provision in the Veterans Benefits Act of 2010 that should make it easier for you to find a private attorney in a SCRA claim.
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Interactive Form - Waiver of SCRA

 

You and your family have certain legal protections when you are called into active duty military service. These laws apply to members of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard and other uniformed services.

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Feres Doctrine

The Feres Doctrine (1950) bars service members from collecting damages for personal injuries, whether or not they were suffered in the performance of their duties. It also bars family members from filing "wrongful death" or "loss of consortium" claims when a service member is killed or injured. 
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Where do I get legal advice on what disablity program to apply for?

If you think you may be eligible for more than one benefit, we encourage you to begin with a private lawyer who has a military or federal administrative law background and who is familiar with the DoD benefit system.  Unless you qualify for pro bono (free) legal help, you will need to pay for this advice.

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Federal Jobs for Spouses of Certain Disabled or Deceased Veterans

A new rule that gives veterans and qualifying spouses an edge when it comes to getting a federal job - and keeping that job in the face of job cuts.