M-VETS Community Outreach at a Celebration for Veterans
The Antonin Scalia Law School Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) attended an outreach event at a “Celebration for Veterans” at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3103 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on October 15, 2016. Student Advisors Anne Kidd and C.J. Nee represented Scalia Law School and the M-VETS program by providing information to the Veteran attendees and their family members in an effort to increase awareness of the pro bono legal services M-VETS is able to provide to these Veterans and their family members. M-VETS Director, Timothy M. MacArthur, believes outreach to organizations like the VFW is “essential in providing visibility concerning our program, services and school to this population. This type of outreach is also valuable to the M-VETS student advisors as they are able to gain a greater understanding of Veteran and military culture through first-hand experience.
The event was a “Celebration for Veterans” and was attended by local businesses and State and Federal organizations. Local businesses provided access to on-site massage therapists, cosmetic services and a free lunch provided by Olive Garden. M-VETS was joined by the Department of Veterans Affairs mobile Vet Center which provided health screenings to veterans in attendance and Virginia Department of Veterans Services who provided literature regarding benefits for Veterans and their family members. M-VETS Managing Attorney, Leigh M. Winstead, was in attendance on Saturday and explains “we are very grateful to the organizers of the event and the Fredericksburg VFW for hosting a great day of appreciation for our Veterans. It was a great opportunity to not only offer our assistance to local Veterans but simply be able to thank so many Veterans in-person for their service.”
M-VETS will continue to conduct outreach and provide information regarding the Scalia Law School to active-duty members of the armed forces, their families, and veterans. Please visit the M-VETS webpage at mvets.law.gmu.edu to keep updated on future events.