Penn State President Eric Barron invited the members of the Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic to his tailgate for the Military Appreciation Game against Rutgers on Nov. 11.
“This memorandum will strengthen the partnership between our organizations and help us better serve the men and women who have given so much for our country,” said Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic Director Michele Vollmer, who now leads new membership efforts for the consortium of veterans legal clinics. “We are honored and excited to be a part of this effort.”
“It’s common for me to reach out to former classmates of mine who are also judge advocates if I have a question or an issue. The Penn State community is alive and active in the military.”
“I was learning about the legal injustices that our veterans face at about the same time my cousin came back from serving in the Middle East and faced a lot of those same issues, ultimately passing away. I couldn’t help but think if he’d had the services he needed, he’d still be with us. I realized that I had to do something—a recurring theme in my life.”
The Penn State Law Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic recently won appeals for two Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, earning them both the highest possible disability rating awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“We don’t only want to help our veterans in their particular cases. We want to help shape law and policy to improve the lives of all our veterans across the nation.”
Interim Dean James W. Houck, the retired 41st judge advocate general of the U.S. Navy, performed the promotion ceremony for Penn State Law alumna SaraAnn Bennett in front of his National Security Law class on Sept. 1.
The Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic won appellate victories for two separate clients during the last academic year.
Veterans clinic director to discuss pension and disability benefit appeals, other legal issues at Penn State Fayette
Michele Vollmer, director of the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic, will give a presentation on the appellate process for Veterans Affairs pension and disability claims at the Board of Veterans Appeals and the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals on April 29 at Penn State Fayette.