Family Matters

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Child Support and Veterans Benefits - Q and A

Questions about what can or can't be done to collect child support from your Veteran's Benefits? This article covers some of the most common Q&A's on this topic.
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The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Frequent moves and deployment can create problems for children of military families who are still in school, as a result of different rules and requirements between school districts.
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Sample SF-180

A sample version of form SF-180: Request Pertaining to Military Records
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Survivor Benefits Plan: Unexpected Expenses for Retroactive Retirement

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) created a flyer to provide information to veterans about the possibility of automatic enrollment in the Survivor Benefit Plan resulting in a veteran being charged for several back years of premiums. This information is for veterans receiving a retroactive retirement. 

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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. 

M21 Compensation Based on Individual Unemployability (IU)

Read for more information on M21 compensation based on individual unemployability (IU).
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Silent Partner: The Blended Retirement System and Divorce

SILENT PARTNER is a lawyer-to-lawyer resource for military legal assistance attorneys and civilian lawyers, published by the Military Committee of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section.
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Benefits Discharge List

Many benefits are available to veterans after separation from the military. However, these benefits often depend on the type of discharge status received.
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Internal VBA Systems Access for Claimant and Appellant Representatives

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has developed procedures to allow individuals access to VA information systems online.

Online access will only be granted for individuals:

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Lawyer 2 Lawyer: Legal Issues Facing Our Veterans

After our veterans return from combat or active duty, they can face a host of legal issues upon returning to the reality of home. But there is help for these individuals and the legal community is making strides in assisting our veterans in these legal disputes.