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Morning Muster: 12/31/2014

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kuamutsua Xiong moves under the concealment of smoke during a combined arms exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 17. Xiong is a radio operator with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. BLT 3/1 conducted this training concurrent with the 15th MEU’s realistic urban training.  (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)

U.S. Marine Cpl. Kuamutsua Xiong moves under the concealment of smoke during a combined arms exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 17. Xiong is a radio operator with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. BLT 3/1 conducted this training concurrent with the 15th MEU’s realistic urban training. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)

Vet exposed to chemical agents deserted; VA employee accused of sexual harassment moved, rather than reprimanded, lawsuit says; military sexual assault lawyer reprimanded for speaking out against program; list looks at best recent military books; Beyonce gifts to VA official came from former VA boss; vet farmers’ produce heads to market; Team Rubicon expands past disasters

A veteran exposed to World War I chemical warfare agents in Delaware in 2004 was studied closely and promised long-term care, then dropped after he was medically retired, reports The New York TimesC.J. Chivers.

Veterans Affairs has moved an employee accused of sexual harassment from place to place to avoid disciplining him, and retaliated against an employee who reported harassment, according to a lawsuit filed in Denver. The Denver Post‘s Kirk Mitchell reports the official is accused of making inappropriate remarks, rubbing a woman’s shoulders, and taking off his shirt at work to expose a tattoo of  a woman wearing a thong. The woman who filed the lawsuit said she was told her “career was over” after reporting the behavior.

A military lawyer assigned to represent victims of sexual assault is under criminal investigation for supporting changes proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, reports The Washington Post‘s Craig Whitlock.

The New York TimesMichiko Kakutani offers a look at several recent books about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their importance in helping to close the civilian/military divide.

The VA official who accepted free tickets to a Beyoncé concert and to Disneyland received those gifts from her former boss—a retired VA executive, reports Military.com‘s Bryant Jordan. Denis Lewis gave Phoenix VA hospital director Sharon Helman thousands of dollars in gifts. Both have lost their jobs.

A program that helps veterans becomes farmers will be seen for the first time by customers at Iowa farmers markets and grocery stores, reports Iowa Farmer Today‘s Kathy Varney. The “Homegrown by Heroes” certification program shows produce is grown by a vet.

Team Rubicon, a group of veterans that helps communities while showcasing the vets’ abilities, has expanded beyond natural disasters to home-building, reports Time Warner Cable News Albany‘s Maria Valvanis.

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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  1. Roger Heilig

    Just curious, how does someone who’s retired lose their job?? Or did they retire him in stead of firing him??

  2. Hi Roger–I’m sure you’re referring to the move to take benefits from fired VA employees. The problem is that, once you’ve earned benefits or put money toward retirement, it’s your money. No one can go into your bank and take your savings account, and it’s similar with a pension fund. Rep. Jeff Miller is pushing a bill to change that. Kelly

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