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A Veteran's Guide to Criminal Law

Unfortunately, some veterans will experience trouble with criminal law. There may be a number of reasons for this including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brian Injury, or other causes. This guide discusses the different considerations that veterans who are facing criminal charges and conviction must confront. In particular, this guide focuses on the criminal proce more...

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Fleeing Felon Status and its Impact on VA Benefits

Introduction For veterans who are receiving VA benefits and who have warrants issued for their arrest, there may be a significant danger of not only losing their benefits, but also of having to repay all benefits received. The VA has been instructed to withhold benefits from those veterans who are categorized as fugitive felons. A fugitive felon is an individual with an outstand more...

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Getting Help With Criminal Cases

In the United States the law is generally divided into two categories – criminal and civil.  There are Public Defenders or court appointed attorneys in every state and in federal courts that can help people who cannot afford a lawyer and who are charged with serious crimes – usually any case in which you could possibly go to jail. Standards for how much income or assets you can have and still qualify for a public defender or court appointed lawyer vary from state to state. more...

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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. The Guide provides detailed information about all the VA benefit programs, including: service connected compensa more...

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