President Trump presented his 2017 budget to Congress back in May. This budget calls for significant increases in spending, but also contains some troubling cuts. One the more significant proposed cuts would have resulted in the loss of more than $3 billion to veterans suffering from service connected disabilities that are so severe they are unable to maintain employment. Following substantial pressure for veterans groups, Secretary of the VA David Shulkin -- originally a proponent of the measure -- reversed course on the proposal late last month.
Over the past century and a half Memorial Day has come to symbolize the start of summer and an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Although picnics, barb-ques, and parades have become ubiquitous on Memorial Day, we ask that you please take a moment over the holiday weekend to pause and remember its true meaning and purpose.
To the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the word veteran has a very specific meaning. The U.S. government defines the word veteran at 38 U.S.C. § 101(2). This provision states that the term “veteran” means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.” This definition seems to be straightforward on its face. However, as with anything involving lawyers or bureaucracy, it is not as simple as it seems.
American history is replete with those who go from the military into government. Washington. Grant. Eisenhower. Rarer is the American who lays aside an office at home to man the proverbial foxhole. In 2000, Waunakee attorney Travis West - the middle class son of a dad who was a cop and a mom who worked in a hospital - did just that.
Attorneys Shana Dunn and Travis West provide perspective on practicing veterans law. The attorneys discuss the challenges of operating a practice dedicated to assisting veterans, and why those challenges may result in fewer lawyers venturing into the area of law. They also discuss their personal motivations for creating West & Dunn, and why they believe providing assistance to veterans is important.
During the month of March the law firm Van Every Creedon is offering trademark services for veterans at a flat rate of $995. The service includes the clearance search, government filing fee, and trademark monitoring for the year. This is a phenomenal opportunity to which veteran business owners should give serious consideration.