William & Mary’s law school has the “playbook” on pro bono help for military veterans struggling to get government benefits, says U.S. Sen. Mark Warner.
The Virginia Democrat is urging Senate colleagues to push the W&M model on law schools in their home states to provide “tangible assistance” to veterans on complex claims.
The Lewis B. Puller Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic harnesses “the energy and skills of law students” to help veterans preparing “some of the most difficult VA benefits claims,” Warner said in a May 14 letter.
The letter follows Warner’s April 22 communication to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs suggesting the agency find ways to partner with the W&M law school to duplicate the efforts of the Puller clinic elsewhere.
There is a backlog of some 600,000 claims for benefits at the VA.