February 1, 2024

New California Regulation Protects Veterans' Spouses

Daily Journal
Matthew P. Vafidis

Litigation attorney Matthew Vafidis wrote an article published by Daily Journal highlighting a new California regulation that allows a nonveteran spouse or domestic partner to remain in the California Veterans Home after their veteran partner leaves the home to access medical aid-in-dying (AID). The regulation follows years of legal disputes after the state had previously mandated that partners must also leave if a resident veteran pursues end-of-life options. Mr. Vafidis explains that although broader challenges remain regarding full rights for terminally ill veterans, this new rule provides important protections for partners who should not be displaced. His insights underscore a hard-won victory in preserving dignity for aging couples and individuals in their final days.

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