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Veterans and service members in Ohio

MP News Veterans and service members now have the option of displaying the U.S. Armed Forces symbol on their driver license (DL) or state identification card (ID) through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
There is no additional cost to have the symbol added, other than the normal fees associated with applying for or renewing a DL or ID.
The Armed Forces symbol can be added to the DL or ID at any Deputy Registrar. The applicant must submit a copy of his/her DD-214 displaying their military service or honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.

Posted by westerling on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 (14:44:05) (4504 reads)
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EBV for Veterans Expands

MP News The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) announced an expansion of its services to include veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard who have a service-connected disability as a result of their support of Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.

Posted by westerling on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 (14:40:57) (2186 reads)
Court Stiffs Veterans Caught in Privacy Breach

MP News Veterans suffering anxiety and paranoia following the theft of a government hard drive containing the medical histories and Social Security numbers of 198,000 of their brethren cannot recover financial damages, a federal appeals court says.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in largely dismissing a class-action, ruled Wednesday that the veterans could recoup at least $1,000 under the Privacy Act if they could show financial damages, not mental anguish.
So, if any of these 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges has children and their children go $100,000 in the hole before they even turn 18, because their personal info is lost..... they will get nothing until they are 18 and can show an actual loss too.

What’s more, the Atlanta-based court noted that the veterans — some already suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome from their Vietnam War days – likely could recover damages for mental anguish associated with the data breach if the lawsuit was before a different court.

That’s because the courts of appeal across the nation have issued conflicting interpretations of the Privacy Act of 1974, which allows people to sue the government for privacy breaches and recover “actual damages.” Precedent in the 11th Circuit, which includes Alabama, Florida and Georgia, interprets “actual damages” as money losses only.

So 198,000 veterans — whose life history was on a hard drive that vanished from a Birmingham, Alabama Veterans Administration hospital — are out of luck, even if their war-time paranoia was exacerbated by the breach.

The 11th Circuit noted that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “do not restrict ‘actual damages’ under the Privacy Act to pecuniary losses.” And the Supreme Court has refused to resolve the circuit splits.

A lawsuit weighing the meaning of “actual damages” under the Privacy Act is pending in the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a case targeting the Federal Aviation Administration. In that case, the Obama administration, which is pushing to digitize all health records, is adopting the Bush administration’s position that mental anguish does not qualify as “actual damages” under the act.

Stephen Gidiere, the Alabama plaintiff’s lawyer on the case decided Wednesday, said in a telephone interview that he would ask the full circuit court to hear the case. Court rules, he noted, allow a so-called en banc panel to change circuit precedent.
“The 11th Circuit decision is a relic and does not reflect the realities of technology or the Privacy Act,” he said.

The court said the hospital’s missing hard drive contained a “treasure trove of private data” and a “gold mine for identity thieves.”

The two lead plaintiffs in the case, both Vietnam veterans, were already under a doctor’s supervision and taking medication for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Their medication was increased following the February 2, 2007 hard-drive theft. The pair alleged the event aggravated their paranoia, depression and withdrawal.

When are we going to get into real time? The Privacy Act of 1974 was then........

Oh well as long as they remember these rulings when I find government documents titled "Sensitive" and "Official Use Only" from places like ORNL in Oak Ridge or LANL and Sandia in NM.
Afterall, there is no expectation of privacy once some idiot government employee allows it loose to the Wild, Wild Web, not to mention they will have to show actual damages, which I believe the employee(s) caused, not me or anyone else.

cite - Westies Internet Law of 2009 - Ruling on Employee Computer Use, Lack of Security in regards to Sensitive Electronic Government Data and Stupidity

Posted by westerling on Sunday, June 21, 2009 (21:59:34) (3700 reads)
Retreat on Vet Health Care Plan

MP News The Obama administration on Wednesday abandoned a controversial plan to make veterans use private insurance to pay for costly treatments of combat-related injuries.

Stung by the angry reaction to the proposal, the administration made the decision after a meeting between officials from
11 veterans advocacy groups and top White House officials

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Posted by westerling on Thursday, March 19, 2009 (14:07:01) (3323 reads)
Army Investigates Troop Use in Alabama

MP News Slanted journalism? No where do I see the famous phrase for non MP folks reading this to go and research.

It is called Posse Comitatus or US Code TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 67 > § 1385.

The Army said Wednesday it opened an inquiry into whether federal laws were broken when nearly two dozen Soldiers were sent to a south Alabama town after 11 people died in a shooting spree last week.

State officials said the deployment of 22 military police officers and the provost marshal from Fort Rucker was requested neither by Republican Gov. Bob Riley nor the White House, which typically is required by law for Soldiers to operate on U.S. soil.

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So was it 23 or two dozen soldiers? In my world that does make a difference.
Can anyone say Katrina....Oh that was different...
Still a police action in my mind. Borders? Time for a change of federal law?

Posted by westerling on Thursday, March 19, 2009 (13:50:06) (4298 reads)
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