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Morning Muster: 12/22/2014

Wreaths lie on every headstone of military service members' graves in Arlington National Cemetery Dec. 13. Thousands of volunteers gathered to lay wreaths against the headstones. (U.S. Air force/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Wreaths lie on every headstone of military service members’ graves in Arlington National Cemetery Dec. 13. Thousands of volunteers gathered to lay wreaths against the headstones. (U.S. Air force/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

VA starts poster campaign for female vets; judge says alleged murderer showed no violent tendencies; vets more likely to be self-employed; Colorado hospital construction to restart; widow blames VA for husband’s death; vet hospitalized for Legionella; vet center employees fired at vet’s death; advocate collects gifts for deported vets’ children; vet’s family suing VA for murders; transgendered vets more likely to commit suicide, study finds; Globe reports story behind St. Paddy’s Parade

Veterans Affairs has placed a series of posters in its hospitals designed to make female vets feel more comfortable, reports the Washington Post‘s Emily Wax-Thibodeux. There are about 2.2 million female vets, and yet, they say VA employees still ask if they are the daughters or wives of male service members. Just a heads up: Females have been serving in this country’s military for generations.

The judge who oversees the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, veterans’ court program in which a man who allegedly killed his ex-wife and five others was enrolled says there was no reason to believe he was violent, reports The Times Herald‘s Dan Clark.

Vets are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than civilians, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s Mark Brunswick. That percentage might be even higher among younger vets.

Construction on a new Aurora, Colorado, VA, hospital could begin as early as today, reports the Aurora Sentinel‘s Rachel Sapin. Construction halted when the contractor accused VA of not coming up with a reasonable plan for the building that would fall within the government’s budget.

A Nashville widow blames VA for her Marine Corps veteran husband’s death, saying they caught his cancer too late, and that the couple never received an appointment for radiation treatment, reports WSMVChannel 4‘s Kimberly Curth. In October, before the veteran died, the couple filed a medical malpractice suit against VA.

A Fayetteville, Arkansas, VA patient has been exposed to Legionella bacteria, reports NWA Online‘s Brenda Bernet. The veteran has been hospitalized.

Three employees of the Norman state veterans center have been fired after being accused of abusing an 85-year-old Korean War vet with dementia, report The Oklahoman‘s Randy Ellis, Robby Trammell and Nolan Clay. Cameras caught employees dragging the vet across a room and throwing him on a couch, as well as sitting on him.

A California advocate, Mark Lane, is donating holiday presents to children whose U.S.-military-veteran parents have been deported, reports San Diego Channel 6‘s John Carroll.

The family of a Fayetteville, North Carolina, veteran who killed his wife and then himself is suing VA, reports the Fayetteville Observer‘s Greg Barnes. The family charges VA did not provide proper care.

A new study in LGBT Health finds that transgendered vets are more likely to kill themselves than other vets, and they may also be dying at younger ages than other vets. The study was conducted by VA Pittsburgh Health System, Center for Health Equality and Promotion. The center‘s mission is “to advance the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable veteran populations.”

The Boston Globe‘s Jill Terreri Ramos reports on why gay veterans group was allowed to march in St. Patrick’s Day Parade: “You guys are veterans. End of story.”

Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The firm’s partners are former VA attorneys who are very familiar with the VA system. Bergmann & Moore handles all kinds of cases, but has a concentration in claims involving PTSD, military sexual trauma and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.

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