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.
American history is replete with those who go from the military into government. Washington. Grant. Eisenhower. Rarer is the American who lays aside an office at home to man the proverbial foxhole. In 2000, Waunakee attorney Travis West - the middle class son of a dad who was a cop and a mom who worked in a hospital - did just that.