Veterans Law and Policy
Limit: 16 students
This class examines current legal and policy issues concerning military veterans in society. The topics include
- issues facing veterans returning from military service (housing, education, employment, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual military assault, and more),
- policy responses to issues facing veterans,
- veterans treatment courts,
- upgrading veterans’ military discharge status and correcting military records,
- systemic flaws within, and systemic reform proposals for, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),
- the rating disability process,
- filing claims with the VA,
- fact-finding by regional VA offices,
- appealing to the Board of Veterans Appeals,
- appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims,
- becoming accredited to represent veterans before the VA, and
- effectively researching statutes, regulations, case law, and other sources related to veterans’ issues, and
- effectively writing a scholarly paper addressing a veteran-related or military-related issue.
Students may satisfy the capstone or writing intensive experience (WIE) requirement in this class.The class grade is based on the scholarly paper, completion of all assignments, and regular class attendance.
This is a two-credit class.