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Many of you, I expect, are nowhere near a computer today. Instead, you may be out honoring Veterans Day. Here’s hoping.

If you do happen to be scanning the blogosphere today, though, I offer just a few links … to Veterans Day activities.

First, right here in Phoenix is quite a large parade. It starts at 11 am, so get hopping.

Starting at the same time is the Tucson parade.

If you cannot attend either, or simply want something to do afterward, enjoy the detailed coverage that the Arizona Republic lent to the holiday.

And if you never saw it, you really should watch as Linus from the Peanuts recites “In Flanders Fields.”

Finally, here is an excellent video describing the creation and history of the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, DC.

Vietnam Memorial DC Veterans Day

ArmyOneSource logoOver the past month, I have shared information from a collaboration of the State Bar of Arizona in an initiative to assist military personnel who were formerly deployed. As the organizers point out, those former servicemembers may face numerous challenges, including legal obstacles.

The campaign recommends ways that Arizona lawyers may get involved.

In the multi-week information campaign, this week’s message relates to the important matter of jobs, specifically as it relates to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. (Read our previous Arizona Attorney Magazine coverage of the Act here).

As the campaign’s organizers say:

Servicemembers return home from deployment believing their jobs are waiting for them. For some, the joy of coming home is short lived when they find their employer has replaced them.

After serving their country, their jobs should be waiting.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) prohibits employer discrimination because of military service and protects job rights and benefits for servicemembers.

Many employers are not aware of these protections.

State Bar of Arizona SBA_Logo_ColorUSERRA provides protection for:

  • Military leave of absence
  • Job seniority
  • Status
  • Pay and benefits
  • Promotion and pension
  • Disability as a result of military service

Returning servicemembers are entitled to jobs comparable to their peers whose careers were not interrupted by military service. Employers are required to make reasonable efforts to upgrade the skills of returning employees so they can qualify for the positions they would have earned had they not left for military service.

Learn how you can help protect their employment rights.

To sign up, go here.

Follow the effort on Twitter.

ArmyOneSource logoLast week, I introduced you to a collaboration of the State Bar of Arizona in an initiative to assist military personnel who were formerly deployed. As the organizers pointed out, those former servicemembers may face numerous challenges, including legal obstacles.

Organizers have created a multi-phased information campaign that will roll out over the coming weeks. What follows is this week’s message, recommending ways that attorneys may get involved to lend a hand.

I was pleased to see that this week’s message relates to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. We previously covered the Act in Arizona Attorney Magazine, which you can read here. (In the same issue, we also covered the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.)

While servicemembers are deployed, their families often face difficult financial pressures. Stress and strain on spouses, children and adult dependents can be intensified by creditors, bill collectors, landlords and lenders.

There are legal remedies available.

Since 2003, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) has allowed those serving on active duty to focus on their missions by relieving unnecessary or unfair financial stress on their families. SCRA limits the enforcement of civil liabilities, leases, installment contracts, mortgages and liens, such as:

  • Credit card interest
  • Mortgage payments
  • Pending trials
  • Taxes
  • Terminations of leaseState Bar of Arizona SBA_Logo_Color

Federal law ensures that servicemembers and their families are not hurt financially as a result of their service. By temporarily suspending or postponing civil proceedings, SCRA helps demonstrate that our nation values the sacrifices of these individuals.

Learn how you can help protect their rights.

To sign up, go here.

Follow the effort on Twitter.

ArmyOneSource logoThis month, the State Bar of Arizona launches a collaboration with an organization committed to making legal service more available to former military personnel. Here is news about how you can participate and lend a hand.

Since 9/11, many of those deployed have been National Guard or Reserve component servicemembers. They leave behind jobs, families, friends and civilian life to face the stress of combat, long deployments, and painful reintroductions to everyday life.

Coming home can mean facing difficult changes, reemployment and financial challenges, stressful family conditions, and in many cases legal issues that developed while on deployment. Help them face their legal battles at home.

State Bar of Arizona SBA_Logo_ColorBecome a part of the State Bar of Arizona’s statewide effort to make military legal assistance more accessible.

Here are some of the ways you can help:

  • Represent – Provide pro bono or reduced-rate legal representation
  • Advise – Listen and offer direction and advice on legal issues
  • Mentor – Assist another attorney or supervise a law student in a legal clinic
  • Educate – Present a workshop at a Yellow Ribbon, Drill Weekend, or other event

Please help make military legal assistance available throughout the state.

To sign up, go here.

Follow the effort on Twitter.

 

Marines on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Photo: David Gilkey/NPR

For Change of Venue Friday, let’s go far afield from the practice of law. Let’s head over to the battlefield of social network analysis.

No, this is not about social media—well, not entirely anyway.

This comes from a news story I just heard on NPR about the military’s increasing analysis of social networks to make better decisions on strategy and operations. It’s a hybrid of mathematics, social media, spying and puzzling.

You have to read the quote at the end of the story to get my word of the day: “targeteer”

Yes, someone actually used a word that hearkens back to the happiest place on EarthTM. I was as surprised as I’m sure you are.

Besides that, the story also included a puzzle scenario you can try out yourself (in the story, see the sidebar on the left). So don your mouse ears, scrunch up your forehead, and get to thinking.

Here is the story. Enjoy your Friday.