Military members risk their lives when they start their job every morning. They rely on the proper equipment to keep them safe and ensure they make it home at the end of the day. Unfortunately, it does not always happen.
Juries convene on a daily basis throughout Texas. Prior to being selected, jurors are asked questions to determine if they have beliefs regarding the criminal justice system and whether they can reach a verdict based purely on the evidence given. Many times, a prospective juror who admits to preconceived opinions of the justice system is dismissed for cause.
Colonel (Retired) Rick Rousseau recently presented information on VA disability at the Veterans Justice Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in Austin hosted by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association & the State Bar of Texas Military & Veterans Law Section. His presentation focused on the impact of the types of military discharges and criminal convictions on VA benefits and how to better assists Veterans.
For Texas naval personnel who served in Vietnamese territorial waters during the conflict, additional benefits are now possible. A recent federal court decision opened up a possibility for disability benefits and medical care due to Agent Orange-related sickness.