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March 27, 2009

Texas Law Veterans Association presents “In the Boots of a Soldier,” a symposium on veterans law issues

The University of Texas Law School’s Texas Law Veterans Association (TLVA) will host a symposium entitled “In the Boots of a Soldier: An Examination of Current Legal Issues for Military Veterans” Friday, April 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in TNH 3.125. The event is open to all University of Texas students, faculty, and staff. Lunch will be provided.

TLVA members will explain the legal issues faced by a fictional character, “Staff Sergeant Bevo,” upon leaving the military. Topics will include the formal process for leaving the military, medical benefits, discharge status upgrades, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The symposium will conclude with an analysis of the legal resources currently available to veterans.

UT Law students formed TLVA in September 2007 to advocate for veterans, disseminate information on veterans’ benefits, and create a forum for those who support veterans. TLVA cosponsors free legal clinics for low-income veterans and service members with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas; the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law; and the Travis County Veteran’s Office. “We hope to engage and inform audience members about issues we encounter during our legal clinics,” said Cody Cheek, TLVA member and symposium organizer.

Related links:

Texas Law Veterans Association

’Horns for Heroes—Texas Law Veterans Association to Sponsor Free Legal Clinic

Press Contact: Mary Crouter, Assistant Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, The University of Texas School of Law, (512) 232-7855, mcrouter@law.utexas.edu.