Also includes ideas that are easily seen as more important for incarcerated vets than others. One such idea is the following which can eliminate the necessity of finding a notary public, often not readily available in prison.
It is usually a good idea to send sworn, notarized statements of witnesses or applicants to the review boards. However, notary publics are not always available and usually charge a fee for their services.
Congress passed a law in 1976 (28 U.S.C. § 1746) that says if a statement and if the signature is accompanied by the language noted below, then the statements will have the same "force and effect" of a sworn statement. Whenever a notary public is not available so that a sworn statement can be submitted, include the following sentence and then sign it.
I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (fill in the date). I also write 1976 (28 U.S.C. §1746) under the date.
I hope this little item may help some people out. I carry a copy in my I.D. case. Been carrying it since 1981 and have used it about a dozen times. I've had no trouble by using it.
R.N. Walla Walla, WA
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