Fordham Law Student Veterans Association
Fordham Law Student Veterans Association (FLSVA)
The mission of The Fordham Law Student Veterans Association (FLSVA) is to assist veterans, while providing a space for students to dialogue about important military, veteran affairs, and national security issues. Due to the wind-down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan there will be an increasing population of veterans transitioning into civilian life. This population will require skilled advocacy pertaining to a plethora of issues, including disability and educational benefits. SERV will fulfill this function by:
- Acting as a liaison between student veterans and the administration to ensure that student-veteran issues are not marginalized. Initially the internal advocacy function will focus on the administrative difficulties of using various educational benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to pay for higher education. These challenges can often result in large unforeseen gaps in funding. This function will be integral to ensuring that veterans always have a place at the law school;
- Partnering with legal services providers and assist area veterans with various legal issues, including those pertaining to benefits for disabled veterans. This will give members the opportunity to accumulate pro-bono experience in administrative proceedings;
- Organizing and promoting events with the purpose of raising awareness of issues important to veteran affairs, military, and national security issues. These events will include speakers, luncheons, fora, and, in the future, symposia.
The group is open to all Fordham Law students including veterans, first responders, their family members and those with an interest in the issues.