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In this issue . . .  
March/April 2014
 
The military has numerous benefits some we know about such as the GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, VA loans, to name a few. Some benefits are not so well-known. Liz Lee has written an article for this issue regarding Federal Vet Benefits. Ms. Lee expands on who is eligible for these benefits and what types of benefits are out there including, education and health and where to get more information concerning these benefits.As you know being in a combat zone can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”). Vanessa Lee-Brice describes how to recognize PTSD and how to develop PTSD claims for veterans. The article touches on the paralegal’s role in developing a PTSD claim. Finally, Deana Waters discusses how to default a service member in a lawsuit. She covers the Soldier’s Civil Relief Act and the protections that act give persons in the military. There are various steps that have to be taken to default a  service member and Ms. Waters explains it well in this article.  These articles give paralegals a good source of information concerning the armed forces personnel and veterans. 

As usual, the department articles also include helpful tips on such soft skills subjects as communication skills and organization. And ... this is the second issue in the entire history of Facts & Findings that includes a feature article about a dog.

Enjoy!


March/April 2014
Miitary/Veteran's Law

Volume XL, Issue 5
Departments 

President’s Message –
Do You Have What it Takes?
By Ann L. Atkinson, ACP

From the Editor –
Military Connections
By Jeanie Johnson, ACP

Breaking News

Communications Corner –
Problem Pronouns
By Virginia Koerselman-Newman, Esq.

Education Tips –
The Fringe Benefits of
Continuing Legal Education

By Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP, FRP, FCP

Ethics Tips--
Ethics Issues in Probate Matters
By Warren K. Hopkins, Esq.

Practice Tips-

Top Ten Tools of Effective Time
Management and Organization of Work

BY Stephanie B. Elliott, NCCP

Professional Development -
How Do Your Verbal and Non-Verbal
Communication Skills Measure Up?

By Cindy L. Houston, Cp, FRP

TechnoBits --
Word Perfect, How I Miss Thee ... Maybe
By Susan Earl, CP


Membership –
Make No Excuses
By Cassandra Oliver, ACP

Affiliates Column
Hoarding: Is Your Affiliate Buried Alive?
By Debby Sawyer, ACP