William and Mary Law School

About the Clinic

The mission of the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Benefits Clinic is to provide current and former military service members with knowledge of and assistance with pursuing available disability benefits resulting from their military service.

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, the projected U.S. veteran population is nearly 24 million people. With the continuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of veterans filing disability claims is projected to continue to grow.Powell Award

As a clinic program consisting of law students supervised by experienced former military attorneys, the Veterans Benefits Clinic is in a unique position to provide veterans with disability claims services while simultaneously providing the next generation of American attorneys with hands-on experience working with real clients.

Veterans with legal concerns about their health often have a number of other concerns as well. These concerns can range from mental health/substance abuse problems, housing or employment problems, to family law issues and other legal conflicts. The goal of the Veterans Benefits Clinic is to help our veteran clients find the help or advice that they need for all of their concerns.

Our relationship with the Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD) at Virginia Commonwealth University is a large step in the right direction to help our clients with a multi-disciplinary approach. The CPSD provides assessments, therapy, and a range of social work and counseling services for clients dealing with mental health concerns and other life challenges. They also provide referrals.

You may visit the CPSD website at: www.has.vcu.edu/psy/cpsd

Congratulations to the Lewis B. Puller Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic and to all of the attorneys and law students who have volunteered their time to help veterans gain access to the benefits that they have earned!  These efforts were recognized by the Virgnia State Bar on April 15, 2013, when the Clinic was presented with the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award (pictured above).
From left: Daniel G. Krasnegor (Partner, Veteran’s Benefits Practice Group, Goodman Allen & Filetti); Dr. Leticia Flores (Director, Center for Psychological Services and Development, Virginia Commonwealth University); Stacey-Rae Simcox ’99 (Professor of the Practice of Law and Managing Attorney, Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic); John Paul Cimino ’12 (former clinic student and Director, Helping Military Veterans through Higher Education); Matthew A. Kapinos (Associate, McGuireWoods; Co-Chair, VBA Veterans Task Force; Member, Puller Clinic Advisory Board); Davison M. Douglas (Dean, William & Mary Law School); Mark Matthews ‘99 (Co-Managing Attorney, Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic; Partner, Anchor Financial Group); Patricia E. Roberts ‘92 (Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Programs, William & Mary Law School; Member, Puller Clinic Advisory Board); Mark J. Villapando ’12 (former clinic student and Attorney, Watson Trial & Litigation Group); and Krystle D. Waldron ’11 (former clinic student and Associate, Veteran’s Benefits Practice Group, Goodman Allen & Filetti)