Herring announces military, veteran legal resource guide

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring today launched the Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide, a new tool to help Virginia servicemembers, military families and veterans utilize the unique legal protections, rights and resources available to them under the law.

Volunteer attorneys from the Office of Attorney General spent more than a year developing the new guide, which is available at http://www.VaMilGuide.com and will be distributed in hard copy and electronically in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, veterans' service organizations and others.

"These men and women have done so much for us and for our country, that we owe it to them to support them, ease their transition back to civilian life, and meet their needs," said Herring. "Servicemembers, military families, and veterans can have unique legal needs, and because of that, state and federal law affords them unique rights and protections, but we found that there was really no comprehensive resource for Virginia military families and veterans who want to understand their rights or who need legal assistance.

"The Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource guide will help servicemembers, military families, and veterans understand the many rights and protections afforded to them by state and federal law, and will help connect them with resources that can assist them when they have legal needs."

The free 33-page guide covers areas of unique concern to active duty military, military families, and veterans, including:

• Employment, including the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, pension and deferred compensation payments during military leave, continuing healthcare, and leave for military spouses and other family members;

• Consumer protections, including the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which limits interest rates on loans, limits sale, foreclosure and seizure of homes, restricts repossession and eviction, and allows for the termination of certain leases;

• Education, including the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, re-enrollment rights at colleges and universities and certain tuition discounts for servicemembers, their families and veterans;

• Taxes, including deductions and exemptions for certain military pay, extensions on filing and tax relief for disabled veterans and surviving spouses;

• Family law, including legal protections to ensure proceedings are fair to a servicemember who may be called away for service and issues surrounding child custody and visitation;

• Voting and Line of Duty Act, including programs to ensure easy access to the ballot for deployed service members and state benefits available to certain servicemembers killed or disabled in the line of duty;

• Access to legal services, iIncluding contact information for attorneys and other professionals to assist with benefits issues, criminal matters, family law and estate planning, including Herring's quarterly Veterans Legal Clinics.

"The Attorney General's Military & Veteran Legal Resource Guide is a great source of information on a wide variety of subjects that are important to all Active Duty, Guard, Reservists and veterans who reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Virginia State Commander Mike Boehme. "This resource guide covers a multitude of subjects that affect the daily lives of our veteran population."

"The Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide is professionally done, comprehensive and I'm sure will serve as invaluable tool for all military personnel whether they be active duty, veterans or retiree," said Steven Turner, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), President of the Virginia Council of the Military Officers Association of America.

The Virginia Military and Veteran Resource Guide was created using the expertise of in-house OAG attorneys, including Senior Assistant Attorney General Heather Hays Lockerman and Assistant Attorneys General James Flaherty, Anthony Bessette, Anna Birkenheier, Flora Hezel, Mark Kubiak, Elizabeth Myers and Stephen Sovinsky.
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Henrico Schools to host College and Career Night Nov. 1


Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.

College and Career Night will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based nonprofit Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing its accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team during the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.” These standards cover areas such as: mission, strategy and evaluation; leadership – board, staff and volunteers; legal compliance and ethics; finance and operations; resource development; and public awareness, engagement and advocacy. Commonwealth Autism was one of six organizations in the Richmond region to be recognized and the first in the region to achieve full accreditation. In addition to this accreditation, Commonwealth Autism is recognized as an Accredited Charity with the Richmond Better Business Bureau and holds accreditation from the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations (COEBO). > Read more.

Purify Infrared Sauna opens at GreenGate


Purify Infrared Sauna recently opened its second Henrico location at GreenGate Shopping Center in Short Pump.

Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

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Tom Leonard’s will again host its free Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch at 7 p.m. in the outdoor haybale theater. Tonight’s movie is “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” There will be cider and hot chocolate. Friday night movies are held every Friday in October. Tom Leonard’s is located at 4150 Tom Leonard Dr. near Short Pump. For details, call 364-5800 or visit http://www.tomleonards.com. Full text

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