August 2016 Archives

VA Pension and Aid & Attendance

When Veterans and their family members think of VA benefits - the first thoughts that typically come to mind are VA's educational benefits, compensation, and health care benefit. Many don't realize that VA also offers a benefit that can assist qualifying war-time Veterans and their survivors. As our country's Veteran and surviving spouse population grows older and ailments worsen, it is important for Veterans and their families to know about the benefits available to them from VA. VA pension is an income-based benefit offered to qualifying Veterans and their survivors. Additionally, if VA determines a Veteran or surviving spouse is housebound or requires the aid and attendance of another person, he or she may be entitled a higher rate of VA Pension.

Need assistance with your criminal defense case in Galveston County, Central Texas or Fort Hood?

When your freedom and rights are at risk, you cannot afford to go to court without a strong effective attorney to protect you. Former Texas District Judge Susan Criss served on a trial court bench for fifteen years. Prior to being a judge, Susan Criss worked as a prosecutor in the Galveston County Criminal District Attorney's Office for almost a decade. She spent nearly thirty years in the courtroom as a defense attorney, prosecutor, and judge. Colonel (Retired) Rick Rousseau served 27 years as Judge Advocate (JAG). He deployed three times as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and served as Staff Judge Advocate (Senior Legal Advisor) for Fort Hood, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, defense counsel, and prosecutor. 409-771-4069; 254-699-9999 

"Not in the line of duty": Impact of Army Death Investigations

Below is an interesting article that illustrates the impact of a finding of "not in the line of duty" from a death investigation. Many benefits are not given to the family. For this spouse and her children, that meant an estimated $1,200 a month from the Army's Survivor Benefit Plan; GI Bill benefits; and possibly money from the Department of Veterans Affairs. She could be able to get all of the benefits retroactively. 

Texas City- Man in critical condition after leak at Marathon complex

The Galveston County Daily News is reporting a man is in critical condition after a chemical leak that occurred at one of the main units in the Marathon Petroleum refining complex in Texas City, Director of Emergency Management Derek Duckett said. The man was intubated and being transported by helicopter to a nearby emergency room, likely John Sealy Hospital, Friday around 11:45 a.m., Duckett said.

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