Congress Passes Bill To Expand Research Efforts For Burn Pit Exposure

Congress Passes Bill To Expand Research Efforts For Burn Pit Exposure

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are becoming increasingly concerned that exposure to toxins produced by burn pits during deployments will parallel the experiences with VA suffered by the Vietnam generation’s Agent Orange. In an effort to help address these concerns, earlier this year Congress passed the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act. This Act marks the first major step by Congress to research how burn pits affected veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, while this legislation is another step forward in helping veterans suffering from exposure to burn pits, a true solution for burn pit exposure is most likely still years away.

Procopio: Agent Orange and the Blue Water Navy

Procopio: Agent Orange and the Blue Water Navy

On December 7, 2018, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case called Procopio v. Wilke. Although this case has quietly made its way through the courts, it has the potential to dramatically change the manner in which the US Department of Veterans Affairs addresses service-connected disability benefits claims associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

The Fourth Amendment Protects Concealed Carry Permit Holders from Unlawful Questioning By Law Enforcement During Traffic Stops

The Fourth Amendment Protects Concealed Carry Permit Holders from Unlawful Questioning By Law Enforcement During Traffic Stops

Attorney Eric Pangburn addresses whether and under what circumstances law enforcement officers may ask a motorist if he possesses a concealed carry permit or weapon during a routine traffic stop.