Saturday, September 28, 2013

Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown

You probably know that federal government expires Monday, September 30, 2013; while Congress could prevent a lapse, prudence requires planning for the possibility of a lapse.
VA's 2-page information sheet, the Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown summarizes the services that will be available and those that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations.

The Veterans Health Administration is forward-funded and so VA will still be able to provide some services. All VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational including inpatient/outpatient care, prescriptions, surgery, dental treatment, extended care, mental health care, nursing home care, special health care services for women Veterans and Vet centers.

Additional services that will be available:

  • Military sexual trauma counseling
  • Readjustment counseling services
  • Veterans Crisis Line
  • Insurance processing
  • Home loan processing
  • My HealtheVet – all services
  • Education benefits claims will be processed
  • Vocational rehabilitation payments will be processed
  • Compensation and pension claims will be processed
  • Acquisitions Logistics Center will accept and fill prosthetics supply orders
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Small Businesses will be open

Payments to be made Oct. 1 include disability and compensation, and education benefits payments.
See more:
http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/Field_Guide_20130927.pdf
And think about calling your Congresscritter!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Larry Mac R.I.P.

Larry McCounaghie, of Auburn, died in his sleep Thursday evening. He was a good man, and my father-in-law. He is missed by all who knew him.
I'll add some photos later. This is sad for my mother-in-law Ginger; they had been together something like 30 years. He was also the effective father of my wife Kris and her sister Suzie, and an excellent grandfather to my niece Taryn.
He was age 64.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

4freeCLE: Free CLE Webcasts & Events! September 22, 2013

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September 22, 2013

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Each of these programs can earn you credit, at no cost, in the state in which it is listed. 
In some cases, the programs require that attorneys attending apply for credit via reciprocity or other rules; check with the credit-granting authority in your state.

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Florida

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Idaho

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Iowa

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Louisiana

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Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

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North Dakota

Ohio 

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington 

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Other States
According the the ABA, the following states have no mandatory CLE requirement: 
  • Connecticut 
  • District of Columbia 
  • Maryland 
  • Massachusetts 
  • Michigan 
  • South Dakota.
Attorneys there may still find CLE programs substantively useful, but I have not focused on finding free resources for those states in the absence of a requirement.
 
 

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