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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Answers to questions for FREE.

http://www.lawguru.com/

First post, how are you, who are you, are you the "law guru" ?????

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I am fine, thank you, I am a veteran's advocate and no I am not the "law guru". I was sending the web address because I thought it would be helpful to veteran's looking for answers to questions or they may want to search previous questions asked. There is a section for veteran law.

Also, RecruitMilitary announces 104 Career Fairs in 44 Cities in 2008 at this site.

http://www.recruitmilitary.com/careerfairs/careerfairs2.asp

I am new to this web site as a member. I am in Saint Louis and recently lost my position as a Serivce Officer with a service organization and searching for a way to continue to do what I do best and that is; serve veteran's. I am not a veteran but passionate about serving veterans and many service organizations require veteran status for employement.

It is'nt easy to just stop in your tracks when it comes to doing something that means so much to you, if you know what I mean. I am painfully dealing that this issue every day.

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IN general Veterans Advocate posting a link to an outside resource is a not happy making thing. I went to the site however and reviewed it and found nothing that was of a negative nature, so I think you just are trying to help. That is never a bad thing. You might consider posting the link in another forum, but as it is, I'll allow it to stand since again, it is not advertising a pay for service.

You must understand that we simply cannot allow advertising for pay for services right? That's not the case here but it does crop up again and again. In any case thank you for your effort.

Bob Smith

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i think this link is fine and what sixthcents says is true if you have a link to a helpful resource you can post it. we are trying to keep spammers out of here not valid folks who want to help veterans.

IN general Veterans Advocate posting a link to an outside resource is a not happy making thing. I went to the site however and reviewed it and found nothing that was of a negative nature, so I think you just are trying to help. That is never a bad thing. You might consider posting the link in another forum, but as it is, I'll allow it to stand since again, it is not advertising a pay for service.

You must understand that we simply cannot allow advertising for pay for services right? That's not the case here but it does crop up again and again. In any case thank you for your effort.

Bob Smith

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