Legal Topics Directory
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U.S. Citizen Rights for U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans
- U.S. Citizenship Rights for U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans. Active U.S. military members and veterans can apply to naturalize or receive permanent residence under special rules.
- Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): a program that provides certain protections from civil actions against servicemembers who are called to Active Duty.
- Minnesota Statutes. Index topics: Armed Forces Members. Many index topics begin with "Veteran", including Veterans Preference.
- Minnesota Statutes Section 325E.028, Utility Payment Arrangements for Military Service Personnel; 325G.54, Cancellation Without Penalty of Wireless Contracts by Military Service Personnel; Section 325G.55, Cancellation Without Penalty of Rental, Club, Service, and Membership Travel Contracts by Military Service Personnel.
Military Law: An Overview
The Constitution grants to Congress the power to raise and support armies and a navy, to suppress insurrections, and repel invasion among other military-related governmental roles. Thus, the main source of legal authority in this area is federal law. Congress's control over formation, organization and government of the national armies is plenary and exclusive.
Military law consists of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and other statutory provisions for the government of persons in the Armed Forces to which may be added the unwritten common law of the usage and custom of military service as well as regulations and authorized by the President as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces (See 10 U.S.C. § 121). It is a part of our body of law as a whole, and is fully recognized by civil courts; it is in force in time of peace as well as in time of war. All persons serving in the Armed Forces of the United States are subject to military law at all times.
Source: Legal Information Institute
Child Considerations & Divorce
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Minnesota Department of Veterans' Affairs
Minnesota Department of Veterans' Affairs: Serving Minnesota Veterans, their dependents and survivors by connecting them with the federal and state care and benefits they have earned.
Minnesota Association County Veterans Service Officers
Minnesota Association County Veterans Service Officers: The primary point of contact for veterans and their families to seek assistance with local, state and federal veterans benefits.