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Life after the war – Helping Returning Soldiers to Adjust to Civilian Life

“The way to have good soldiers is to treat them rightly…


A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major general.”

-Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

 

Did you serve in the military? You and other veterans have made unimaginable sacrifices for our country. Many of you received injuries and have to live with a disability. Trying to re-enter the workforce can be a challenge – that should not be. We can help!

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) helps all veterans return to their old jobs. It contains special provisions to help veterans with disabilities and prohibits discrimination and much more.

Life After the War—Helping Returning Soldiers Adjust to Civilian Life

By Joshua Philipp (edited)
Epoch Times Staff

One of the most difficult aspects of serving as a Marine and soldier can be coming home. For the more than 2 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who will or have returned home—new challenges await them. According to a Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) guide on integrating into civilian life after being in a war zone, soldiers “find that coming home is, in fact, harder than going to war.”

The guide also states that understanding the most common issues veterans face is important. We at the Webb Law firm know those issues.

For many veterans, however, the most important change made is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its treatment. (Other federal and state discrimination laws also forbid discrimination against any employee with PTSD. Read More)

One thing that everybody needs to understand—families, relatives, employers and returning veterans—is you cannot go through something like that and not be affected by it. That’s normal – there’s nothing wrong that you are affected by it.

A mentality the armed services have been working to change is that some “see seeking help for psychological stress as a sign of weakness or failing.” They fear the consequences of perceived weakness by employers and others.

Our legal team at the Webb Law Firm understand our veterans sometimes may fear that an employer may consider any disabilities detrimental, prevent them from getting a job, destroy any promotional opportunities, or cause them to lose a job when the employer finds out about any prior military status or medical treatment for stress disorders. What you want and what you need from employers is to be judged by your abilities to do the job at hand. You have earned that right.

“In my view, our nation’s obligation to veterans is not negotiable.”
-Vice President Joseph Biden

That Mr. Vice President is also the Law! We will hold you to it.

Military Members Rights cover the legal issues that come into play from prior military service or current veteran status. These legal rights and issues include re-employment and anti-discrimination in the workplace because of disability and Family Medical Leave. One of the most important rights provided is to be free of discrimination due to your military service and/or disabilities.

Employers have obligations that are spelled out in the  Act (USERRA) and we at the Webb Law Firm know how to enforce them for you and would be privileged to do so.

§ 4311. Discrimination against persons who serve in the uniformed services and acts of reprisal prohibited

(a) A person who is a member of, applies to be a member of, performs, has performed, applies to perform, or has an obligation to perform service in a uniformed service shall not be denied initial employment, reemployment, retention in employment, promotion, or any benefit of employment by an employer on the basis of that membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation.

A person entitled to reemployment upon completion of a period of service in the uniformed services, shall be promptly reemployed in a position of employment in accordance with the order of priority.      § 4313. Reemployment positions

A person who is reemployed under this chapter is entitled to the seniority and other rights and benefits determined by seniority that the person had on the date of the commencement of service. § 4316. Rights, benefits, and obligations of persons absent from employment for service in a uniformed service. Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

One sometimes has to wonder why laws such as these, and others, are needed. Doesn’t humanity and common decency demand this?

If you or someone you know has served in the military, whether or not you served in a war zone, and may be being discriminated against because of that service or disability or is being denied employment or reemployment contact the Webb Law Firm right away.

If you have suffered injury, accident or harm in any other way, even if it wasn’t from your employer, tell us about your case – We are here to help all our current service and former military families in any way possible! The law provides that you “shall be granted all relief necessary to make you whole.”

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Whenever feasible, we handle cases on a contingency fee basis, our assurance that we believe in you and your case. We are confident that we can successfully recover for your harm and if we don’t win you don’t have to pay us one penny for our attorney fees. We are committed against injustice by those in powerful positions and to holding them accountable for injury or harm to innocent victims.

As a former Marine I know what you have done for
our country and want to help in any way I can.”

  JL Webb, Founder