Tag Archives: Legal Services

VITA Connects Service Members to Tax Support

From Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps Public Affairs The 2019 tax season is underway, and, once again, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is open to eligible Navy personnel, dependents, and retirees at select locations around the globe. VITA links active-duty and retired service members and their dependents, as well as deployed civilians, to free self-service tax software via Military OneSource. “VITA …

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Tax Season: What You Need to Know

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Free-File Options What can the Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) VITA program do for me? The NLSC’s VITA program hosts self-service VITA tax centers at select Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) locations that assist 10 U.S.C. § 1044-eligible filers, including active-duty and retired Service Members, their dependents, and deployed civilians to electronically file their …

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#BZFriday: Southern Seas 2018 Mission

U.S. Navy First Tour Judge Advocate Deploys to Central and South America aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) as Staff Judge Advocate for Southern Seas 2018 Mission By Lt. Melissa “Mely” Rodriguez, Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic When U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet sought volunteers to deploy to Central and South America aboard the USS …

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#BZFriday: VLC Program Wins Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award

By Navy JAG Corps Public Affairs On Nov. 2, 2018, the Navy’s ground-breaking Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) program received the American Bar Association’s (ABA) annual Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award in Washington, D.C. The award was accepted by Ms. Charlotte Cluverius, deputy director of the VLC program, along with Cmdr. Claire Huffstetler (VLC, Naval District Washington) and Lt. Paul Wagoner …

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#BZFriday: RLSO Japan Colleague Celebrates 30 Years of Service and Bar Qualification

Ms. Kazumi Takahara at RLSO Japan celebrates 30 years of service.

By Lt. Philip K. Stevens, Region Legal Service Office Japan On Oct. 19, 2018, Capt. Florencio Yuzon (above, left) and Lt. Francesla Sequeira (above, right) attended a celebration honoring Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Japan’s own Ms. Kazumi Takahara (above, center) for more than 30 years of honorable service with United States Forces Japan (USFJ) and the Japanese Government. Takahara-san, a Japanese master labor …

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#BZFriday: Legalman Earns “Spirit of Freedom” Award

LN1 Longshore works onboard Ike.

By Navy JAG Corps Public Affairs Earlier this fall, Legalman 1st Class Chardae M. Longshore – a JAG community member who currently serves in the legal department onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) – was selected to be a recipient of the “Spirit of Freedom” Leadership Award. The award is presented each year on or about Oct. 14 – …

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#BZFriday: Judge Advocate Receives Grateful Nation Award

By Navy JAG Corps Public Affairs On Oct. 10, the Jewish Institute of National Security of America (JINSA) hosted a dinner in Washington, D.C. where JAG community member Lt. Cmdr. Jacob Romelhardt was presented with a Grateful Nation Award. Catherine Herridge, FOX News Chief Intelligence Correspondent, emceed the event. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was given the Henry M. “Scoop” …

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#BZFriday: Whidbey Island Legal Assistance Attorney Wins Award

From Region Legal Service Office Northwest  Ms. Cecilia Welch, the civilian legal assistance attorney and subject matter expert at Region Legal Service Office Northwest (RLSO NW) Whidbey Island, was recently selected by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) to receive its 2018 Family Law Section Award for Attorney of the Year. Ms. Welch was presented with the award on June 30 at …

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#BZFriday: Sailor Excels During PANAMAX Exercise

By Navy JAG Corps Public Affairs This summer, during PANAMAX 2018 — an annual multinational exercise focused on securing and defending the Panama Canal — several members of the JAG community provided exceptional legal support. In particular, Legalman 1st Class Ashley Alsberry, who currently is assigned to Region Legal Service Office Southeast’s branch office in Fort Worth, was recognized for her outstanding work during …

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Providing Legal Support for the “Carrier in the Desert”

By Eric Harvey, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Few judge advocates and legalmen get to work in the aviation community, and even fewer have an opportunity to serve as the indispensable legal team for the “Carrier in the Desert.” The staff at Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) Southwest Branch Office, aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon – led by Lt. Rik Andrews …

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