Veteran served in the Republic of Vietnam and received the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation and he was exposed to Agent Orange. Following his death in 2014, the VA denied service connection for his death and denied Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) to his surviving spouse. Over the course of three years, Colonel (Retired) Rick Rousseau argued the case before the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) and submitted several written briefs in support of the case. On May 21, 2019, the BVA finally granted entitlement to service connection for the cause of the Veteran's death and the surviving spouse will now receive DIC retroactive to the date of the death of her husband in 2014. If the VA has denied your VA benefits claim, you are entitled to an attorney to assist you. Attorney Colonel (Retired) Rick Rousseau is accredited by the VA to provide representation services to claimants before the VA. Call 254-699-9999; 409-515-6176; email: [email protected]
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.
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.
Aging is an unforgiving process. Even the healthiest person will eventually experience a decline in his or her physical ability. In many cases, mental faculties also begin to decline in advanced age. Medical conditions, like Alzheimer's disease, can speed up and worsen the degeneration of aging. Some people may no longer be able to stay safe while providing care for themselves or living alone. They may not be able to dress, cook, bathe or keep themselves safe alone.
It seems like a good portion of our lives are spent planning for the future. In high school, you planned for college. In college, you planned for your career. At some point, you probably started planning to have a family, then for retirement. In the midst of all this planning, it is important to not forget to plan for what happens to your estate when you die.
Most people who sign up to serve in the armed services understand that there is some risk involved. Any time someone works in an active conflict zone, there's risk for loss of limb or life. Even those who make it home whole in body may struggle with serious mental health issues following their discharge.