Health & Safety

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Medical Malpractice by the VA

Many current or former service members and their families receive medical care at healthcare centers and hospitals operated by the VA.  Sometimes, actions by the VA doctor or healthcare staff may cause harm to the patient.

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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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Interactive Form - Power of Attorney for Minor

Power of Attorney Interview Screen

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Interactive Form - General Power of Attorney

A2J Interview Screenshot

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Interactive Form - Durable Power of Attorney

Durable Power of Attorney

This easy to use interactive form will produce a sample Durable Power of Attorney form. 

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Military Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal way to have a person act on your behalf. The POA gives someone else the right to act on your behalf on matters that you list in the POA.
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Family Guide to Traumatic Brain Injury

Due to the nature of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), family members play a crucial role in the rehabilitation of a wounded warrior. Indeed, some estimates indicate that as much as 80 percent of the total lifetime care that is provided to a TBI victim is given by that individual’s family. Thus, it is essential that family members have the tools they need to provide the best care possible.

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Sexual Assault in the Military: Where to Get Help

As the media focus on this issue intensifies,  the military - and others - have ramped up their efforts to create safe places for victims to turn.  Here are links to the resources we have found. 

Safe Helpline: Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community

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Discharge Problems Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury

Receiving either a bad conduct discharge or a personality disorder discharge can result in serious negative consequences for a person suffering from a TBI or PTSD .

Promoting Legal Services within VA Facilities

Find a program near you. Volunteer or use these programs as models to start your own VA-facility-based legal clinic.