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Military Service & the Law 2009 Edition & 2013 Supplement $159.00
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This new practice handbook is designed to provide expert guidance to Illinois attorneys and others who assist veterans with such issues as divorce and custody matters, veterans’ benefits, employment and reemployment rights, an overview of each branch of the armed forces and its unique legal system, a resource guide and more. MILITARY SERVICE & THE LAW 2009 Edition is the perfect reference for attorneys, veterans’ service organizations, and charitable organizations that are charged with meeting the increasing demand for assistance from veterans and active duty service members attempting to navigate a complex and confusing system of benefits and rights.

The book began as a collaborative effort between IICLE Press and the Veterans Legal Support Center at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Brian Clauss, Executive Director of the Veterans Legal Support Center and Clinic at the John Marshall Law School, and Prof. Joseph Butler of the Veterans Legal Support Center and Clinic at the John Marshall Law School, served as General Editors of the book and also contributed as authors.

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Foreword by L. Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

General Editors: Joseph Butler & Brian Clauss


Chapter 1 – Military Law and Branch Overview

·         Military Branches Overview

·         Army, Army Reserve, & Army National Guard

·         United States Navy

·         United States Marine Corps

·         United States Air Force

·         National Guard

Brigadier General Steve J. Lepper, USAF, Staff Judge Advocate, HQ Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB

Katherine A. Licup, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago

Colonel Richard D. Fox, State Judge Advocate, Joint Force Headquarters, Illinois Army National Guard

1st Lieutenant Nicholas Henry, USMC, The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic, Chicago

Major Thomas White, United States Army, United States Military Academy, West Point, Virginia


Chapter 2 – VA Benefits

·         VA Benefits Overview

·         VA Adjudication Process on an Original Claim for Disability Compensation

·         Establishing the Percentage of Service-Connected Disability

·         Disability Ratings and the Percentage of Disability

Joseph Butler, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago

Brian Clauss, Arbitrator & Mediator, Park Ridge

1st Lieutenant Nicholas Henry, USMC, The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic, Chicago

Michael Barnicle, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago

Julie Yriart, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago


Chapter 3 – Labor & Employment

·         Antidiscrimination Provision

·         Reemployment Rights

·         Other Issues

·         Appendix – Checklist

Michelle Camden, Arbitrator & Mediator, Willowbrook

Sean M. Smoot, Police Benevolent & Protective Association, Springfield

Carl S. Tominberg, Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Levin & Tominberg, Ltd., Chicago

Jeanne C. Wood, Arbitrator & Mediator, Chicago


Chapter 4 – Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

·         Congressional Intent and Historical Development

·         Application of the SCRA

·         Benefits & Protections of the SCRA

·         Illinois State Laws to Consider

Frank Kinson, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago

Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., Edwardsville


Chapter 5 – Illinois State Benefits and Laws

·         Educational Benefits

·         Employment and Consumer Laws

·         Property Tax Relief

·         Preference in Hiring and Promotion

·         Consumer Benefits and Protections Through Illinois Patriot Plan

·         Death & Burial Benefits

John F. Costello, Jr., Military and Veterans Rights Bureau, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Springfield

Kevin Hull, Hull Partners Ltd., Chicago

Akeela Savage, St. Anne

Margaret Riley Thomas, Military & Veterans Rights Bureau, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Chicago


Chapter 6 – Family Law

·         Jurisdiction over Servicemembers

·         Marriage

·         Domestic Violence in the Military

·         Military Family Support

·         Survivor Benefit Plan and Divorce

·         Reserve Issues

·         Appendix – Additional Resources

Brian Morris, Chicago

Daniel Sean Patrick Lacy, Yorkville


Chapter 7 – Resources

·         Educational Benefits

·         Health-Related Services and Benefits

·         Military Records

·         Other Benefits

Amy Garrett, SimmonsCooper LLC, East Alton

Charlene Foss, Lexis Nexis, Chicago

John Lynn, SIU School of Law, Carbondale

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