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Patriot Day

Patriot Day

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For those Americans born after or shortly before 2001, Patriot Day may seem like just another day printed on a calendar. But for almost every other American, September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten. We remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news:…

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Mental Health Refresher

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The recent death of a law student to suicide in Buffalo has rocked the Western New York community. As the stigma surrounding mental health persists, however, now seems like an important time to initiate meaningful conversations and explore what to do when you or someone you love is suffering from…

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VA Disability Benefits vs. SSDI for Veterans

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If you are a veteran, you may qualify for disability benefits from both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). According to the SSA, “approximately 621,000 military veterans received disability insurance benefits in 2016.” To be eligible for VA benefits, including disability compensation, you…

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Trump’s Disability Lies

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If you followed President Trump’s recent State of the Union address, you heard him say that unemployment for Americans with disabilities has reached an all-time low. This assertion, although technically correct, is gravely misleading. True, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is at a record low of nine percent….

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KFC Breastfeeding Discrimination

KFC Breastfeeding Discrimination

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A jury in Delaware has found that a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee must pay a former employee over $1.5 million for workplace discrimination that ultimately made her unable to breastfeed her child. Autumn Lampkins filed the suit in U.S. District Court, alleging that her co-workers and supervisors at KFC and…

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Spanish Nuclear Disaster Update

Spanish Nuclear Disaster Update

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The Department of Veterans Affairs will now be forced to identify how many troops have been exposed to radioactive debris stemming from a 1966 plane crash, thanks to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. In January 1966, a B-52 crashed into a KC-135 off the coast of…

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VA Appeals Process Changes

VA Appeals Process Changes

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Congress passed sweeping legislation in August 2017 to overhaul the veteran disability appeals process.  Now that legislation is about to be put in place. Starting next month, veterans whose disability claims are denied will have new, streamlined options to appeal the initial decision. Veterans will now have three options for…

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DUI Cannabis

DUI Cannabis

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Many states now allow marijuana use for medical reasons, and others are exploring permissible recreational use.  Since this is largely unchartered territory where driving is concerned, many policymakers are considering how to address issues of driving under the influence of cannabis. To be sure, cannabis alters behavior, and that, unquestionably,…

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Drone Protection

Drone Protection

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Drones, once limited to science fiction, are now everywhere.  People enjoy them recreationally, and some companies use them to deliver packages.  But drones equipped with cameras pose risks to privacy and security for unsuspecting individuals. In October 2017, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that provides warranted…

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