Restoring Honor to Veterans Who Raised Mental Health Claims Related to Discrimination with Evan R. Seamone

Evan SeamoneLeigh Richardson of the Brain Performance Center and host of In Your Head with Leigh Richardson speaks with Evan R. Seamone, an attorney who specializes in veterans’ benefits law. He talks about the results of his published research on the first-ever study of claims filed by veterans for the psychological impact of discrimination during military service, looking at race discrimination and LGBTQ discrimination.

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Evan R. Seamone is an attorney who specializes in veterans’ benefits law and the responsiveness of legal systems to veterans and their families. He is a Fellow with the National Institute of Military Justice and a member of the National Institute of Corrections’ Justice-Involved Veterans Network. He most recently represented Veterans in his capacity as the Visiting Director, Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic, University of Florida, Levin College of Law.

Prior to this, Evan was a staff attorney at the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School where he provided legal services to underserved veterans in the community, including incarcerated veterans throughout the state of Massachusetts. He recently retired after 20 years of uniformed service in the U.S. Army Judge Advo- cate General’s Corps, where he served in the Reserves  and on Active Duty. During his tours in Iraq, Germany, and at domestic military installations, Evan participated in sexual assault, complex death penalty, and other felony criminal cases involving PTSD as a prosecutor and defense attorney. 

Evan has written extensively about VA disability benefits for traumatic events including Military Sexual Trauma, race discrimination, and Sexual and Gender Identity (SGIM) discrimination. He recently published the book Rescuing Soldiers of Misfortune: A Full-Spectrum Approach to Veterans in the Criminal Justice System from Arrest to Reentry (Charles C. Thomas Publisher, LTD.). As the Vice Chair of the Military Issues Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, he was actively involved in the development of a standardized curriculum to assist family court judges in better understanding the unique needs of military families. Evan is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. Evan just completed a Doctorate in Law and Policy and his dissertation addressed the goal of obtaining disability compensation for minority veterans who suffered mental wounds from discrimination while in service.

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Book Rescuing Soldiers of Misfortune

Published Journal Articles and Papers

Listeners are able to obtain both publications discussed in the podcast for free!

The LGBTQ discrimination article is available at the William and Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice here: 

The race discrimination article is available at the website for the Administrative Law Review here:

Also, because it was easier to review and summarize 118 LGBTQ cases, Evan created a topical index to easily identify characteristics of key cases that veterans could review to see if the case was similar to their own military experience. This separate publication is available free here: 

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Leigh Richardson is also the author of Brain on Game On, available at Amazon and on and The Brain Performance Center is located in Dallas, Texas and can be reached at 214-329-9017.


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