Brian Consiglio: Throughout the country, military veterans can come back from their tours with both physical and mental injuries. However, many are unaware of the resources that are available to help treat these issues.
That’s why Tiger’s for Troops, a rural outreach program for the University of Missouri Veteran’s Clinic, will be holding an event to bring free legal consultation to veterans in Rolla and neighboring areas. Martha Bradley is a lawyer with the Mizzou Veteran’s clinic. And, though many veterans file claims with Veteran’s Affairs on their own, Bradley says this can often be a difficult journey and it can be beneficial to reach out for help.
Bradley: “The supreme court has admitted in a ruling that the VA tends to get approximately 80 percent of these decisions wrong. There’s a pretty lengthy appeal process when it comes to these claims, and they’re not that easy for veterans to appeal on their own, so we step in and help them out with that process.”
Consiglio: Since the University of Missouri veteran’s clinic was started in 2014, it has secured over $7 million in benefits for veterans throughout the state. However, Bradley says that this event will also help teach veterans valuable skills as well.
Bradley: “We help them navigate their claims within the department of veterans affairs, but at our event in Rolla we’re going to have someone there to talk about educational benefits VA healthcare, and we’ll also have someone there to talk about employment opportunities for veterans as well.”
Consiglio: Veterans can register for future events online at law.missouri.edu/veterans-clinic.
I’m Brian Consiglio with a Spotlight on Mizzou.