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.
"The irony is that when I was, before I got into government, I used to say to my staff when I ran hospitals, what's it going to take, an act of congress?' These are the words stated by David J. Shulkin, M.D. moments after having been sworn in as the ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Given the ongoing troubles that have been occurring in the VA system, his words may turn out to be much more than tongue-in-cheek humor.
Although he is a board-certified internist, Secretary Shulkin has served in executive capacities for numerous private health care institutions, including Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children's Hospital, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization. Secretary Shulkin is not new to the VA, having served most recently as the VA's Under Secretary of Health. The VHA came under scrutiny recently when it was revealed that, under Shulkin's watch, it had been maintaining rating systems for its hospitals and clinics that were kept secret from the public as well as from veterans receiving treatment through the VA. Notwithstanding this criticism, some of which was leveled by members of congress, Shulkin's appointment was unanimously approved by the Senate.
Secretary Shulkin inherits the nation's youngest and second-largest cabinet-level department, from former Secretary Robert McDonald. The VA system of hospitals and clinics constitutes the largest integrated health care system in the United States.