Health Law Issues Affecting Veterans
Approximately 700,000 Veterans reside in the State of New York. Many of these Veterans have chronic health conditions related to their military service, yet face significant barriers in securing vital culturally competent healthcare fair compensation for their service-related injuries and illnesses. Mythology is rampant regarding who “is” and “is not” eligible for these benefits and services only serves to compound these problems.
Additionally, a surprisingly large number of Veterans receive less-than-honorable discharges from their branch of the military due not to their own willful misconduct but due to misconceptions and injustices related to their medical conditions — particularly mental health conditions —caused by the traumas that can arise from military service. These Veterans commonly face barriers in accessing benefits, employment, housing, and more — even though their character of discharge unfairly reflects the manifestation of a medical condition brought on by their military experiences rather than any sort of willful misbehavior.
Join us for a dialogue regarding the depth and breadth of these issues — and how attorneys from multiple practice areas can join together to better serve the legal needs of those who have served our state and nation so well.
Ben Pomerance, Deputy Commissioner for Program Development and Training, New York State Department of Veterans' Services, Albany, NY
Heather Butts, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, New York, NY
- November 15, 2023
- 3:00 PM
- 4:00 PM
- Virtual Participation
- Heather M. Butts, JD, MPH, MA, Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management, Leadership Class Faculty Lead, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (Chair, Public Health Committee of the Health Law Section)
- Ben Pomerance, Deputy Commissioner for Program Development and Training, New York State Department of Veterans' Services, Albany, NY
- Committee on Veterans
- Health Law Section
- Public Health Committee
- Committee on Continuing Legal Education